Philadelphia Union Academy grad Zach Zandi converted his second penalty kick of the season to lead Villanova to a 1-0 overtime win over Princeton on Wednesday.
Zandi’s kick from the spot was set up by junior forward Lucas Hodges, who drew a foul just inside the 18 with less than two minutes remaining in the first overtime period. The goal was the second of the season for the sophomore, and the third of the West Chester native’s career.
The overtime win was the first of the season for the Wildcats (5-3-1), which entered the match 0-2-1 in three previous overtime games. The loss snapped a four-game win streak for Princeton (4-3-0) ahead of their Ivy League opener against Dartmouth on Saturday.
Chances were hard to come by in the match, and a tall and physical Tigers team proved difficult to break down. Andreas Bartosinski nearly had a break through in the 50th minute when his free kick hit the crossbar. Villanova finished the game with a 17-11 advantage in shots, with Hodges leading the way with two on target in his 53 minutes off the bench.
Goalkeeper Will Steiner made three saves to record his second clean sheet of the season. Josh Haberman made four saves for the Tigers.
Delaware defense shuts down Drexel in 2-0 win
Freshman Fede Prieto scored a pair of goals in the first half and the Blue Hens defense limited Drexel to only two shots on goal in a 2-0 win in West Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
Prieto, one of seven players on the team from Spain, doubled his goal output for the season with goals in the 13th and 44th minutes. Senior Jaime Martinez picked up the assist on the first goal and the second was unassisted.
Philadelphia Union Academy grad John Schroeder and the rest of the Delaware back line limited the Dragons to just three shots on goal in the second half. Armin Efendic (Lititz, Pa.) and Colin McGlynn (Jamison, Pa.) registered the only shots of the game for the home side. Both were saved by sophomore Todd Morton (West Chester, Pa.), who picked up his sixth clean sheet of the season and the 12th of his career.
As a team, the Blue Hens have only conceded six goals in 10 games. With the win, their record improved to 8-2-0 and 3-0-0 in Colonial Athletic Association play. Drexel fell to 1-6-2 on the season with the loss and 0-2-0 in conference play.