Miguel Polley continued his set-piece dominance and the Villanova defense held off wave after wave of attacks to top 10th-ranked Creighton on Saturday at Higgins Soccer Complex.
Polley, who set up two goals from free kicks in a 3-0 win over Penn earlier in the week, delivered a goal from a tight angle just outside the 18 after he was fouled in the 21st minute on Saturday. The goal was the fourth of the season for the junior, who leads the team with seven assists and thanks to a big day by Will Steiner and the defense all the Wildcats needed.
Steiner made five saves in the match and a back line that included freshman Nikkye DePoint for the first time since late September did well under tremendous pressure from the Blue Jays, which finished with a 22-5 advantage on shots and had 10 of their 14 corner kicks in the game in the second half.
The Wildcats improved to 8-5-2 and 3-2-1 in Big East play with the win, which was Creighton’s first conference loss of the season. They are currently in fourth place in the conference with three games remaining against St. John’s at home, Georgetown on the road and Seton Hall back at home.
Temple held to a draw by Tulsa; Delaware beat Elon
The Owls extended their home unbeaten streak to nine games but had to settle for a draw against Tulsa on Saturday evening.
The Golden Hurricanes got on the board early with a goal from Kay Duit in the sixth minute and the Owls appeared to be headed to their first ever home defeat at Temple Sports Complex when Jordan Wix Rauch found a late equalizer in the 87th minute.
Temple improved to 9-5-2 overall with the tie but are still just 1-2-2 in conference play - seventh place out of eight teams - with two games remaining.
Guillermo Delgado moved to within one goal of the program record 47 for his career with a 67th minute equalizer in a game the Blue Hens ended up winning on a 75th minute goal from Marco Siverio.
Elijah Agu opened the scoring for the home team less than two minutes in and put them up again in the 10th minute after Thomas de Villardi’s fifth minute equalizer. The win was the 10th of the season for Delaware, which has now reached the mark four straight seasons and five times in the last six years.
La Salle and Penn win; St. Joseph’s and Drexel fall
Philadelphia Union Academy grad Cameron Keys (Allentown, Pa.) registered his second straight clean sheet with six saves and three different Explorers found the back of the net to lead them to a 3-0 road win over George Mason on Saturday.
Johnny Ciarlante (Southampton, Pa.) opened the scoring in the 20th minute and Matt Robinson (Lansdale, Pa.) and Hayden Criollo added second half goals for the visitors. Pat McCarthy (Cinnaminson, N.J.) picked up a pair of assists and Colman Kennedy and Sixtus Akinlosotu were also credited with assists in the game.
With the win, La Salle evened their conference record at 3-3-0 and improved to 8-7-0 overall.
Penn bounced back from a defeat to rival Villanova with a 3-0 win over Yale in New Haven, Connecticut on Saturday night.
Etan Mabourakh returned to the Quakers lineup to record the clean sheet with four saves and Dami Omitaomu, Gideon Metrikin and Alec Neumann (New Hope, Pa.) tallied the goals.
Saint Joseph’s conceded a pair of late goals to fall to Duquesne 2-0 on Saturday. The loss was the fourth straight for the Hawks in Atlantic 10 play after starting the season 3-0-0.
The Hawks were outshot 13-8 for the game and managed only two shots on goal from Kyle Lochbihler (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and Daryus Lake. Their overall record fell to 6-9-1 with the loss.
Drexel lost their ninth game in a row 2-0 to James Madison on Saturday.
Tyler Afflerbach (Harleysville, Pa.) made six saves in the losing effort for the Dragons (1-11-2, 0-6-0) while Kyle Morton (West Chester, Pa.) only had to make one save to record the clean sheet for the visitors.