The Villanova men's soccer team is off to a cracking start in the early season, making it 2 wins from 2 games earlier today with a 4-1 victory over Stony Brook. 'Nova has now scored 9 goals in their first 2 games, and according to Mike Sheridan, it took them 9 games to hit that mark last season.
Kyle Soroka picked up where he left off from the victory over Manhattan by registering a brace in the Wildcats' home opener, scoring his first goal on yet another set piece as he nodded in the opener on 23 minutes off a free kick from freshman Sean Sheridan.
The Wildcats would take a 1-0 lead into the break before Aaron Dennis jumped on a loose ball in the box in the 48th minute to stake 'Nova to a 2-0 lead. On 50 minutes Stony Brook would pull one back as Leonardo Fernandes converted a spot kick, making it 2 penalties given up in 2 games for Tom Carlin's squad.
Just over 30 seconds later, 'Nova responded to reclaim control of the game as Emerson Lawrence took aim from beyond the box and was aided by a deflection to give his team a 3-1 lead.
Soroka would then put the cherry on top of his afternoon by putting in an insurance goal in the 87th minute by pouncing on a loose ball in the box and slotting home to finish off the scoring for the day.
Coach Tom Carlin was pleased with his team's early season effort in the offensive third.
"We feel we have the experience and skill to be more aggressive," Carlin stated. "We worked on it in the pre-season and have stuck to it. We are going to continue to take chances and I think we're a team that is a lot to deal with offensively. I can't promise we'll score nine goals in two games all the time, but I think our shot totals and goals scored will reflect our development."
Villanova will travel into upstate New York to take on Colgate this coming Saturday at 1 pm ET.
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