After an unprecedented run to the Big East Tournament semi-finals last year, there a big expectations for the Villanova men's soccer program to continue their surge towards the top of the conference. They got off to a great start this season by going on the road and hammering Manhattan College 5-1 at Gaelic Park last Friday night in the curtain raiser for both teams.
5 different Wildcats got on the score sheet in a game that saw 'Nova score 5 goals for the first time since 1998.
Kyle Soroka opened his account with a goal in the 20th minute off a feed from Dylan Renna. Just two minutes later Villanova would add to the lead as Emerson Lawrence finished off a corner kick from Will Cason. And in the 41st minute 'Nova would take a commanding 3-0, with set pieces once again proving vital.
Oscar Umar finished off yet another corner kick, with classmate Hayden Harr being credited with the assist.
It wouldn't be until the 78th minute that 'Nova struck again. Alec Weiss found fellow senior Ryan Whalen surging up from the back. Whalen calmly finished into the corner to extend the lead to 4. The final tally would come in the 82nd minute as freshman Damilola Adetolda pounced on a loose ball in the box and finished for a 5-0 lead.
Manhattan would add a spot kick late to get on the board.
Villanova returns to action for their home opener vs. Stony Brook today at 4:00 pm ET at the West Campus Soccer Complex.