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Temple stumbles, Villanova ties on the road in Cincinnati

Temple suffered their worst defeat to Cincinnati while Villanova settled for a road point against Xavier over the weekend



Temple surrendered four second-half goals in their most lopsided defeat of the season on the road in Cincinnati on Saturday night.

The Owls (8-5-1, 1-2-1) opened the first half in their typical high-octane fashion creating numerous chances and forcing Bearcats goalkeeper Pedro Diaz into four saves in the first half, but it was the home side that broke through with a 49th minute goal from Jack Clark.

Nick Melville (penalty kick), Daniel Oginni and Ryan Melink added goals to score the 4-0 win behind Diaz’s seven saves.

Temple outshot the Bearcats 16-10 with Jorge Gomez Sanchez leading the team with seven shots and three on target.

The 4-0 loss was the first for the Owls since they fell by that scoreline to UConn in the American Athletic Conference tournament last season.

Villanova draw Xavier; La Salle, Saint Joseph’s and Penn fall

Villanova returned home from their visit to Cincinnati with a critical point in Big East play after a 2-2 draw with Xavier.

The Wildcats (6-5-2, 2-2-1) twice had a one-goal lead through a Lucas Hodges strike in the 10th minute and Andreas Bartosinki’s goal in the 59th minute but the Musketeers came back both times with a 49th minute goal from Matt Nance and a 72nd minute equalizer from Jalen Brown.

Senior forward Padraic McCullaugh picked up assists on both Villanova goals and freshman defender Sean Teixeira was credited with a secondary assist on Hodges’ goal, his fourth of the season.

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday night, but was moved to earlier in the evening to the University of Cincinnati because of flooding, effectively making it an unplanned Philadelphia Soccer Six double-header at Gettler Stadium.

A seventh minute goal by Matthew Lewis gave Fordham the road victory over La Salle on Saturday afternoon.

Explorers goalkeeper Mike Kirk make seven saves in the losing effort for La Salle, which fell to 6-7-0 overall and 1-3-0 in Atlantic 10 play.

Saint Joseph’s lost their second straight Atlantic 10 match 3-0 on the road to George Washington on Saturday.

Garrett Heine opened the scoring just six minutes into the match and added a second goal in the 76th minute after Oliver Curry doubled the advantage in the 66th minute.

The three goals were the most the Hawks (6-7-1, 3-2-0) have surrendered since losing 4-1 to Pitt the first weekend of September.

Three second-half goals sunk Penn on the road at Dartmouth on Saturday.

Philadelphia Union Academy grad Matt Greer had a pair of assists for the Big Green, which picked up goals from Noah Paravicini, Jonathan Nierenberg, Emannuel Arteaga and Wyatt Omsberg.

Penn’s Matt Poplawski scored in the 72nd minute to cut the deficit to two but Omsberg’s goal in the 78th minute put the game out of reach.

Drexel handed 10th loss, Delaware shut out College of Charleston

Jaiden Fortune and Elijah Agu scored second half goals for visiting Elon to lead the Phoenix to a 2-0 win over Drexel on Saturday.

The loss was the 10th of the season for the Dragons and their ninth shutout.

Thomas De Villardi, Ben Sampson and Fede Prieto scored in the first half and Todd Morton (West Chester, Pa.) made eight saves to lead the Blue Hens to a 3-0 win over the College of Charleston.

With the win, Delaware improved to 9-4-1 and 4-2-0 in Colonial Athletic Association play. Senior Guillermo Delgado picked up his 18th career assist, tying him for the program record with Mark Haggerty (1983-85).

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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