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Villanova Olympic Sports Roundup: Men's Soccer 2-0 with shutout victories

Runner Patrick Tiernan named National Athlete of the Week

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Congratulations to this weeks @bigeastconf & @caafootball Weekly Award Winners! Aaron Dennis-Offensive Player of the Week John Robertson- Offensive Player of the Week Amanda Vocelka- Rookie of the Week Don Cherry- Defensive Player of the Week #NovaNation

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Men's Soccer

Although most of the Villanova Olympic sports teams struggled this week, the Men's Soccer team propelled themselves to a 2-0 record during the week with wins over DePaul and Stony Brook.

The Wildcats began their stellar week with a 4-0 blowout of DePaul. The potent senior tandem of Aaron Dennis and Hayden Harr recorded two goals and an assist apiece in the rout of the Blue Devils.  Both were named co-players of the week in the Big East. All goals were scored in the first half, where the Wildcats outshot the visitors 16-2.

Villanova did not let up after their first match, however, and continued their dominance with a 1-0 shutout of Stony Brook on the road.  It was Harr who struck again with the only goal of the game in the 56th minute.  This marked the third straight win for the Wildcats, who have won four of their last five contests.

Men's Soccer will be back in action at Providence on Saturday.

Women's Soccer

The Lady 'Cats only played one game this week, a 2-1 loss to #15 ranked DePaul. The Blue Devils scored two first-half goals, and the lead proved insurmountable for the Wildcat offense.  On the bright side, sophomore goalie Emma Meyer tied her career high of nine saves during the contest.

Villanova will next host St. John's on their senior day this Sunday.

Women's Volleyball (9-11)

Despite success the prior week, Women's Volleyball struggled with 3-0 losses to both Butler and Xavier.

They began the week with a trip to Ohio to take on Xavier, and could not get their offense on point against a worthy Big East foe, losing the Xavier 3-0.  The Lady 'Cats then moved west to take on Butler, but struggled again in a 3-0 blowout.

Seeking revenge, Villanova will take on Georgetown tonight in their return home from a difficult road trip.

Field Hockey (3-7)

The Field Hockey team continued their struggles this week, beginning with a 8-0 loss to Old Dominion in the team's conference opener.  The Monarchs' offense proved to be insurmountable, and Villanova was unable to come back.

The Lady 'Cats then lost to Monmouth a few days later, but were able to keep the score more respectable with a 4-1 loss at home.  Senior Jessica Swoboda converted a penalty stroke for her fifth goal of the season, a team high.

Villanova takes on Temple today.

Men's Cross Country

It was a successful week for the Wildcat runners, who divided up their team to run two separate meets last Saturday.  Some of the runners participated in a local meet, the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa, and finished 13 of 42. The other runners traveled to Seattle for the Washington Invitational, where they placed 7th of 11 teams.

The biggest news, however, came as an award for sophomore runner Patrick Tiernan, who was named the National Athlete of the Week after his dominant performance at the Washington Invitational.