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Villanova 4-0-0 to start the season after overtime win over Fordham

Lyam MacKinnon’s goal in the 101st minute was the difference; Saint Joseph’s, La Salle and Penn all win their second straight

Photo by Matt Ralph

Swiss attacker Lyam MacKinnon’s strong start to his college career continued on Tuesday with a golden goal in his first taste of regular season overtime soccer to lift Villanova to their fourth straight win to start the season and the team’s fifth straight clean sheet dating back to last season.

The goal, off an assist in the box from defender Shane Bradley, was the second of the season for MacKinnon, who has been on the score sheet in all four games and leads the team in goals and assists with four.

The clean sheet was the fifth straight for goalkeeper Carson Williams dating back to last season, a program record. The back line, which lost senior captain Luca Mellor to injury, has held opponents scoreless through 371 minutes this season.

“It was a team win,” head coach Tom Carlin said after the match. “We lost Luca there and Max Zandi came in and did a good job for us. Our back line and goalie kept us in it.”

Fordham outshot the Wildcats 17-12 and had several chances to find a breakthrough in regulation and overtime and a penalty shout for a handball in the box in the first half. Villanova also had a claim for a penalty when Conor Bradley went down in the box in the first half and a bid for goal in the second half from Evan Vare hit woodwork.

The winner came off a scrum in the box following a corner kick.

“I think the program is in a very good way, 4-0, no goals conceded,” MacKinnon said after the match. “It’s all about keeping it going.”

The start is the best for the program since the 2012 team started with four wins en route to matching the 1980 team record for wins with 12. They’ll look to make it five in a row this Friday night at Penn State, which is off to a 2-1-1 start.

Villanova’s first four opponents this season have a combined record of 1-9-3.

Saint Joe’s, La Salle and Penn all make it two straight wins

Saint Joseph’s and La Salle both made it two wins in a row on Tuesday night. After a scoreless first half, the Hawks got goals from Ritchie Barry, Garrett Lyons and Alvin Dahn to beat Stony Brook 3-0. Joseph Boehm made one save to record his second clean sheet of the season.

Pat McCarthy had the lone goal — his second game-winner this season — to lift La Salle to a 1-0 win over LIU. Nigel Buckley, the hero of the weekend win over Robert Morris, picked up the assist on the play. Four of McCarthy’s seven career goals have been game winners.

Joey Bhangdia’s second goal of the season held up to give Penn the 1-0 win over Marist in their home opener at Rhodes Field on Monday night. The Quakers are now 2-0 and have yet to concede a goal after beating Monmouth 2-0 in their season opener last Friday.