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Villanova wins it late; Penn routs Drexel

Freshman Jacob Anderson scored in the 86th minute to give the Wildcats their first Big East win; Alec Neumann’s first-half hat trick led the Quakers to a derby win



Freshman Jacob Anderson’s second goal of the game in the 86th minute off a free kick from Miguel Polley lifted Villanova to their first Big East win of the season on Saturday night at Marquette.

The Wildcats (4-3-1) went down in the 51st minute on a Patrick Seagrist goal, but it was Anderson responding with the equalizer in the 62nd minute off a cross from Polley that set up the dramatic finish that snapped the Golden Eagles six-game unbeaten stretch.

Marquette had several chances to send it to overtime, but Nova keeper Will Steiner was up to the task with a couple clutch saves that sealed the victory.

Both of Anderson’s goals, his second and third of the season, came off crosses from Polley. The game-winning free kick was set up by Lucas Hodges, who drew the foul in a dangerous spot after a strong run forward.

Back home in Philadelphia, the West Philadelphia derby was over by halftime thanks to a first-half hat trick from Alec Neumann (New Hope, Pa.).

Neumann scored in the 23rd, 26th and 40th minutes to put the game out of reach by halftime. Two second half goals from Sam Wancowicz  and Sam Hefter gave the Quakers (2-1-4) their largest margin of victory since September 2013.

The 5-0 win over Drexel also gives Penn 12 goals for the season, already matching their total from 2015. Goalkeeper Scott Forbes made three saves to register the clean sheet.

Temple sunk by second half goal

Abdou Mbacke Thiam scored for the fourth time in his last three matches to lead UConn to a 1-0 victory over Temple in front of 4,159 fans in Storrs, Connecticut on Saturday night.

The Owls (5-3-0) were outshot for the first time this season, but still managed five shots on goal in their American Athletic opener. The shutout was the second on the Owls this season, but they have still outscored opponents 16-7.

Saint Joseph’s shuts out Central Connecticut; La Salle falls in overtime

A pair of Matt Crawford goals three minutes apart in the second half and Greg O’Connell registered his second straight clean sheet to lead the Hawks to a 2-0 win on Saturday.

Crawford (Bensalem, Pa.) opened the scoring in the 65th minute with a header off assists from Derek MacKinnon (Washington Township, N.J.) and Mike Stuski (Holland, Pa.). He then converted a penalty kick three minutes later for his first career multi-goal game.

The Hawks improved to 3-4-1 with the win while shutting out an opponent for the fourth time in the last five games.

A 96th minute goal from Patrick Jean-gilles handed La Salle (5-4-0) their third straight loss of the season on Saturday night.

UMBC opened the scoring 34th minute on a Gregg Haulk goal, but Colman Kennedy found an equalizer in the 74th minute for the Explorers, setting up the dramatic finish for the Retrievers in overtime.

UMBC goalkeeper Billy Heavner (Landisville, Pa.) made six saves while Mike Kirk (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) made seven for La Salle.

Delaware top Northeastern with second half push; Princeton win fourth straight

After a scoreless first half, the Blue Hens (7-2-0) offense came alive with captain Ben Sampson leading the way with a pair of goals to Delaware back into the win column.

Sampson opened the scoring in the 60th minute and then put the game out of reach nine minutes later when his second of the game made it 3-0. Fede Prieto added a goal in the 63rd minute Carlos Perales tacked another on late. Defender Thomas De Villardi had a pair of assists and Guillermo Delgado added his 102nd career point with an assist.

Todd Morton (West Chester, Pa.) made two saves to secure the clean sheet. Philadelphia Union Academy grad Kevin Carvalho played 18 minutes off the bench for Northeastern while his former teammate John Schroeder played 80 minutes for the Blue Hens.

Princeton (4-2-0) won their fourth straight with a strong second half that saw Patrick Barba pick up the game-winner in the 78th minute and Benjamin Martin tack on another in the 83rd after Greg Seifert’s first-half strike.

Seifert picked up the assist on the game-winner after opening the scoring in the 19th minute, but Fairleigh Dickinson forward Enver Cayman drew the score level just 17 seconds later.

Lehigh and Lafayette fall; Rider ties Canisius

Holy Cross scored twice in the second half to break a 1-1 tie at halftime and beat Lehigh 3-1 in Patriot League action Saturday.

Jack Miskel scored the equalizer in the 30th minute for the Mountain Hawks (2-5-1) and Jacob Gottwald (Schnecksville, Pa.) made seven saves in the losing effort. Union Academy grad Doyle Tuvesson started and played 82 minutes in the match for Lehigh.

Lafayette’s three-game winning streak was snapped in their Patriot League opener with a 2-0 loss to Loyola.

Evan Vare (Jamison, Pa.) also had his three-game scoring streak snapped as the Leopards (3-5-0) were shut out for the fifth time this season.

Rob Nardiello scored an equalizer in the 68th minute to give Rider a point in their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener on Saturday against Canisius.

Nardiello’s goal came just six minutes after Alex Grattarola had opened the scoring. With the draw, the Broncs improve to 4-2-1 on the season.

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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