This was a scheduled post for last Thursday -- unfortunately something broke down and it never aired. Good news though, things turned around for the squad over the weekend (coming soon!)
Coming into the match riding a four game shut-out streak, Villanova's defense finally broke in the second half, conceding three goals in just over four minutes en route to a 3-1 defeat to Loyola (MD).
Things started brightly for the Wildcats as they quickly took the game to the visiting Greyhounds. Unfortunately, the many chances 'Nova created went unfinished as they were unable to make the most of a 14-7 shot advantage in the first half.
The halftime interval seemed to both rejuvenate Loyola and slow down Villanova. The Greyhounds came out with more spunk in the second half, grabbing a goal six minutes in off of a corner kick. Seemingly shocked by the way the match turned, Loyola added a second goal just a minute later to take a 2-0 lead. 'Nova quickly tried to gather itself but Loyola kept the pressure on off of the tap off, earning itself another corner. Similar to their first goal, a Greyhounds forward managed to get himself free in the box, powering a driven header into the goal for a stunning third goal in four minutes.
Villanova finally snapped out of their funk, with Joe Schmid and Kevin Garcia forcing good saves from the Loyola 'keeper. The 'Cats eventually got on the board in the 79th minute through a corner kick that went directly in off of a Loyola defender. Unfortunately, it was too little too late for the Wildcats, who suffered their first defeat since September 12th.
With the loss Villanova falls to 5-3-1 (1-0-0 Big East) on the year. 'Nova travels to Chicago this Saturday for an important Big East clash with the DePaul Blue Demons.