PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The No. 20 Old Dominion field hockey team (6-6, 3-1) defeated Villanova University (3-9, 0-4) 6-0 Friday night in Big East play with goals coming from four different players.
“The team played very solidly tonight,” said ODU head coach Andrew Griffiths. "We moved together as a team on both sides of the ball, and really supported each other well. We had goals from four different scorers – an unselfish team performance.”
Sophomore Sarah Breen gave the Lady Monarchs a quick two-goal lead, scoring her ninth and tenth goals on the year with an assist on the first goal going to junior forward Rosario Villagra. Before the end of the half Cassandra Wagner buried her third goal on the year to give ODU a 3-0.
The second half began with Emily Harting scoring her third goal of the year at 39:15 with an assist going to Breen. Wagner continued the goal scoring with her fourth of the year at 50:05 unassisted. Villagra would add one more goal late in the game at 61:20 to give ODU the 6-0 win. ODU has won five consecutive games and have outscored their last three opponents 20-0.
ODU outshot the Wildcats 13-3 and had three penalty corners to Villanova’s one. ODU sophomore goalkeeper Megan Hept made two saves, picked up her third consecutive shutout, and sixth win on the year. Villanova keeper Alex Diekmann made one save on seven shots faced.
12:32 ODU Sarah Breen (9) from Rosario Villagra
16:42 ODU Sarah Breen (10)
28:13 ODU Cassandra Wagner (3)
39:15 ODU Emily Harting (3) from Sarah Breen
50:05 ODU Cassandra Wagner (4)
61:20 ODU Rosario Villagra (8)
Shots: ODU (13), VU (3)
Corners: ODU (3), VU (1)
Saves: ODU (2), VU (2)
#3 Star ODU GK Megan Hept
-Picked up her third straight shutout and has not allowed a goal in over 241 minutes.
#2 Star ODU F Cassandra Wagner
-Tallied two goals on the night and finished with three shots. Gave ODU a 3-0 lead at a critical moment to end the first half.
#1 Star ODU M Sarah Breen
-Scored the opening two ODU goals in the first half, finished with three shots and picked up an assist to help ODU win their fifth straight game.
Old Dominion continues Big East play on the road Sunday when they play No. 17 Temple at 1 p.m.
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