Wildcats Down Navy 1-0 on Senior Day

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History VILLANOVA, Pa. – A goal by graduate transfer Tomer Drimmer in the 77th minute put Vilanova past Navy 1-0 in a non-conference football match played on a warm, largely cloudy afternoon at the Higgins Soccer Complex Tuesday. The Wildcats improved to 6-8-2 overall, 2-6-1 BIG EAST, while the Naval Academy fell to 4-4-7 overall, 2-1-4 Patriot League. The win broke a four-game loss for the ‘Cats, who will complete their regular season with DePaul on November 2. “These guys have worked hard,” said Villanova head coach Tom Carlin. “There’s been a lot of close games that haven’t gone our way. A bounce here or a bounce there and things would have been different. It’s good for the guys to take a little breather here and end the slip. It was a great goal from Tomer and nice to see it come from a senior on Senior Day.” Villanova honored seven seniors, including Josh Belluz, Viktor Benediktsson, Marcus Brenes, Anthony Dragisics, Drimmer, Lyam MacKinnon and Gray Ricca at a pregame ceremony ahead of the campaign’s final home game. “The seniors represented this program and took us to great heights last season. I’m just so happy we were able to get this result for them.” In the first 70 minutes the chances were hard to take with Redshirt goalkeeper Kent Dickey being there every time Villanova needed him and eventually making four saves when posting the clean sheet The decisive play started on the left when Anthony Cousins ​​​Jr. dribbled to the left He was able to serve a cross that Drimmer found near the top of the 18-yard box Drimmer fired the ball from his right foot inside the left post at 76:31 “I just ran to the box and I was open,” said Drimmer, who came to Villanova from the University of Hartford this summer. “I was able to finish it. It’s a great pleasure to do this on Seniors Day during our last home game. I am happy to be a part of that. The Navy seemed to be moving forward, but the Wildcats did a great job of maintaining possession in the final minutes. a position where we are now setting the tone for next year,” noted Carlin. “We’ve told our guys we have a two-week head start in 2023. We’ll have most of these guys back, so we have to tuck them away. It’s not just wins and losses, it’s how we come out to practice every day. “We are now being tested. It is a strange time, but we want to make the best of it.” The Wildcats bid farewell to the BIG EAST schedule this weekend before traveling to Chicago to wrap up the regular season against the Blue Demons on Nov. 2.

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