The Villanova Men’s Soccer team played to a scoreless draw with South Florida on Saturday night at PPL Park in front of over 1,300 fans.
South Florida, ranked 21st nationally, came into the game three points behind Villanova in the BIG EAST standings.
The match started brightly for ‘Nova, as they nearly grabbed an early lead when Joe Schmid curled a beautiful shot that looked destined for the upper 90. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, South Florida ‘keeper Jeff Attinella managed to push the effort over, keeping the sides level at zero.
Villanova kept the early pressure on, creating two more good chances. The first came off of a scrum following a set piece. Junior captain Kevin Garcia found himself with the ball at the top of the box, but his drive was held comfortably by Attinella.
Moments later, Ryan Whalen swung in a cross from the left flank. His service was met by sophomore Kyle McCarthy who ghosted in past the USF defense, but his header ran painstakingly wide.
The second half saw momentum swing in South Florida’s direction, as both teams started to fatigue. The match opened up, favoring the Bulls’, who prefer a fast-paced style. They created a few dangerous counter-attacking chances, but their finishing was wayward as they failed to test Chris Bresnahan in goal.
Despite losing the possession battle, Villanova still managed to produce a few quality chances of their own. Joe Schmid flashed a one-time shot just wide of the target from 25 yards out. Kevin Garcia also had a chance at a winner, but his header off of a Dylan Renna flick was denied by a diving Attinella.
After 110 minutes, the game remained deadlocked at 0-0, with both sides having to settle for a point.
The draw places Villanova at seven points (2-0-1) in the Big East Red Division, which is good for third place in the standings. For more on the game, please check out Villanova.com.
Next up for the ‘Cats is Rutgers on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.