Philly Soccer 6

Philly soccer 6 conference playoffs roundup

Photo: Courtesy of Paul Klein/The Temple News

Temple University

On Monday, Nov. 18 at noon, Temple‘s coaches and players will be waiting anxiously to hear if their team is called during the NCAA‘s 2013 Selection Show. The Owl’s fell 1-0 to USF on Saturday in the American’s quarterfinals, but still may have a chance of getting invited to the NCAA’s College Cup which will be hosted at campuses across the country with the final at PPL Park. Temple is presently ranked 45th in the nation by the NCAA with a record of 10-4-4. Sophomore Jared Martinelli leads the team in scoring this season with 6 goals and goalkeeper Dan Scheck leads the defense with only 4 home goals allowed.

Drexel University

Drexel became the CAA regular season champions for the second year in a row after earning a 2-1 win last Wednesday at the College of Charleston. The Dragons secured the win with goals from Jared Girard and Guido Pena. As the No. 1 CAA team, the Dragons will serve as host to the semifinal and final conference matches. Drexel will face the quarterfinal winner, Delaware, on Thursday night in the semifinals. The Dragons will be hoping to repeat their October 19th performance where they beat Delaware 2-1 at home. The NCAA currently ranks the Dragons 94th in the nation with a regular season record of 8-7-3.

La Salle University

On Thursday night the Explorers will face Dayton in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals. Thursday’s match marks the fourth consecutive year La Salle has made it to the post season. The Explorers finished the regular season with an 8-7-3 record and NCAA rank of 106. La Salle fell to Dayton just a few weeks ago in a 3-2 double overtime loss at McCarthy Stadium. Nevertheless, you can expect strong performances from senior midfielder Jason Plumhoff who leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring with 10 goals and senior goalkeeper John McCarthy who leads the conference in total saves with 98.

Saint Joseph’s University

On Thursday morning the Hawks will face George Mason in Atlantic 10 playoff action. This match not only marks SJU’s first post season appearance since 1994; it also serves as a validation of progress. In 2009, the NCAA ranked Saint Joseph’s soccer program 194 out of 204 Division 1 schools with a record of 0-17-0. This year the Hawks finished the regular season 5-8-5 and hold a current NCAA ranking of 140. To succeed in the playoffs, SJU will need to find the same intensity that earned a 1-0 shutout against Temple earlier in the year.

University of Pennsylvania

The Quakers will finish their regular season at Harvard on Saturday evening. Penn has an overall record of 7-8-1 and is ranked 98th by the NCAA. The team holds the No.2 slot in the Ivy League and junior midfielder, Duke Lacroix leads the league in total goals (7). The Quakers should see post season action with an announcement sometime next week.

Villanova University

The Wildcat’s 1-0 loss to Georgetown on Friday ended the 2013 season and the team’s chances of progressing to the Big EAST playoffs. Villanova finishes with a NCAA rank of 68 and an 8-9-1 record. Junior goalkeeper, Andrew Weakly, had a notable season, leading the Big EAST in total saves (83). Unfortunately, Nova hasn’t yet found a replacement for Kyle Soroka who lead the team in scoring last year with 8 goals.

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