Going into the final game of the season against the Seton Hall University Pirates, the Wildcats were looking for their first win since October 15th and their second conference win of the season. For Seton Hall, the Pirates were coming into the game after defeating Marquette in overtime. Villanova was able to come out on top, 1-0, improving to 2-6-1 in the Big East and 9-8-1 overall.
The game’s first half remained scoreless, with both teams not capitalizing on their chances. ‘Nova had its best chance to score in the sixth minute when sophomore forward Seidu Shamsudeen sent the ball towards the bottom left of the goal, but was denied by Seton Hall’s goalkeeper. For Villanova, junior goalkeeper Carson Williams saved two shots from the Pirates to keep the match scoreless going into the half. However, Seton Hall pushed the pace against ‘Nova, outshooting them twofold, 8-4.
The second half featured the decisive goal by the Wildcats. In the 54th minute, a good pass on a set piece from junior midfielder Theo Quartley found its way to senior defender Shane Bradley, who was able to put it in the back of the net. ‘Nova’s defense was able to keep Seton Hall’s offense at bay, disallowing any of the opposition’s eight second half shots from tying the game.
For Williams, the shutout marked his ninth clean sheet of the season, tied for second most among teams in the Big East. With his four saves in the game, Williams played a big role in keeping the Wildcat’s 1-0 lead over Seton Hall.
The ‘Cats ended the season strong, snapping their four-game losing streak and sending off the seniors with another shutout victory.