Sophomore Hayden Harr's late goal improved Villanova's record to 8-2-2 overall and 1-0-2 in the Big East.
Sometimes it doesn't need to be pretty, and Saturday's Villanova Wildcats victory, the team's first this season in the Big East contest, was anything but that against a struggling DePaul Blue Demons squad. It took Villanova until late in the game to finally break through, and it was something Tom Carlin wasn't surprised about after a long trip to Chicago.
"DePaul played well, I give them a lot of credit," stated Villanova head coach Tom Carlin. "When you travel and are playing in a Big East game, it always tests you. You need a lot of fortitude to push through that and we showed that today."
Villanova keeper John Fogarty recorded his second straight clean sheet after the midweek draw against St. John's, but it was his opposite number in net that really impressed on Saturday afternoon as Eric Sorby continued to make top class saves to keep Villanova off the scoresheet.
"Sorby was great," stated Carlin. "We created a number of good scoring chances but he made four or five tremendous saves to keep the game scoreless."
Villanova finally found the goal they were looking for in the 79th minute when Sean Sheridan found Hayden Harr inside the box, and Harr found room inside the post with his shot to put the Wildcats on top and secure a very important road victory.
Things didn't end well in a different sense for Villanova however, as Alec Weiss saw red for a rough challenge and Damilola Adetola also saw a red card for leaving the bench area. The costly double-red will see both players miss the following game on Tuesday against Lafayette.