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Villanova and St. Joseph’s play to scoreless draw; La Salle & Drexel lose

Greg O’Connell made six saves to hold the Villanova offense in check while several other area teams struggled in their games Tuesday night.



St. Joseph’s goalkeeper Greg O’Connell turned away six Villanova shots to keep the Wildcats offense in check, but the Hawks were unable to convert either of their shots on goal in a scoreless draw at home Tuesday evening.

Philadelphia Union Academy grad Zach Zandi had half of Villanova’s six shots on goal and took five of their 13 shots for the game. Mori Diane, Derek Mackinnon and Mike Stuski each took three of the Hawks’ 17 total shots.

Villanova goalkeeper Will Steiner finished with two saves to register his first clean sheet of the season and the 11th of his career.

The draw was the first of the season for both teams. St. Joe’s improved to 2-4-1 and Villanova to 3-3-1.

Penn draws again; La Salle edged by Lafayette

Draws have become rather commonplace for the Quakers this year. Their latest against Lehigh on Tuesday would have been a loss if not for an 86th minute equalizer from Austin Kuhn, which canceled out Jack Miskel’s goal a minute earlier.

Etan Mabourakh made four saves in goal for the Quakers (1-1-4) and freshman Will Smith (Devon, Pa.) made four saves for the Mountain Hawks (2-4-1) in his college debut.

La Salle (5-3) was unable to hold a one-goal lead in the second half as freshman Evan Vare (Jamison, Pa.) scored a 67th minute equalizer and Adam Bramson found a winner in the 82nd minute for Lafayette (3-4).

Philadelphia Union Academy grad Cameron Keys made three saves in his 2016 debut and Coleman Kennedy scored the lone goal for the Explorers in the 37th minute.

Princeton tops Drexel; Delaware shut out by Virginia Tech

Henry Martin and Nichola Badalamenti scored on each side of halftime and Josh Haberman made three saves to secure the clean sheet in Princeton’s 2-0 win over Drexel on Tuesday.

Goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach (Harleysville, Pa.) made four saves in the losing effort for the Dragons (1-4-2) and Colin McGlynn had two of the team’s three shots on goal. Princeton improved to 3-2-0 with their third straight win.

A pair of second half goals gave Virginia Tech the 2-0 win over Delaware on Tuesday.

Collin Verfurth and Ryan Marcano scored for the 19th-ranked Hokies and Ben Lundgaard made four saves to record the shutout. It marked the first time this season the Blue Hens (6-2-0) have been shut out.

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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