The Villanova Wildcats men's soccer team stayed unbeaten to start the season, making it 4 wins from 4 games as they defeated the Hartford Hawks 2-1 at Penn Park behind goals 2nd half goals from Will Cason and Oscar Umar.
This game was far different from their previous outings though as 'Nova found themselves in unfamiliar territory - down 1-0 at the half.
"This was the first time we were in that spot this year," stated Villanova head coach Tom Carlin of the deficit at intermission, which came courtesy of a Javoni Simms goal for the Hawks just before the end of the first half. "We challenged the guys at halftime and they responded."
Villanova played a sloppy brand of soccer in the first half and lacked the cutthroat attitude that they had displayed earlier this season in the final third. That would change though in the 2nd half, as the 'Cats brought an onslaught of shots to the Hartford goal, finishing the 2nd half with a 15-6 advantage in that category.
The breakthrough came in the 73rd minute when Cason pushed forward from the back line and took a feed from Aaron Dennis. Cason rifled a shot into the top shelf. Almost immediately after, Kevin Lewis of Hartford would be issued a red card, and it wouldn't take 'Nova long to capitalize.
Umar took a feed from Kyle Soroka (off another set piece, I love this team) and found the back of the net to put 'Nova into the lead for good.
Villanova will be back at Penn Park on Sunday where they will take on Air Force at 1 pm ET.
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