PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Drexel scored a pair of unanswered goals to defeat the William and Mary men’s soccer, 2-1, in the Colonial Athletic Association openers for both schools.
William and Mary drops to 4-3-1, 0-1-0 in CAA play, while Drexel improved to 5-2-1 on the year, 1-0-0 in the league.
The Tribe scored the match’s first goal in the 17th minute. Junior Chris Albiston sent a low cross into the box that found classmate Josh West, who scored from 10 yards out. The tally was West’s third of the season.
Drexel came right back and tied the match just 90 seconds later. Nathan Page sent a low pass across the box that found Marty Brennan. Brennan made a move and scored into an empty net, tying the match 1-1.
The Dragons continued to pressure and took their first lead in the 30th minute. Ken Tribbet fired a shot from 25 yards that deflected off of a defender into the goal.
William and Mary had a couple of corner kicks right before halftime. On the second corner kick, redshirt freshman Jeff Bombelles was able to get his head on, but it went just wide.
The Tribe started the second half on the attack. In the 47th Albiston fired a shot, but it was saved by Drexel goalkeeper Tyler Afferbach.
Following William and Mary’s chance, Drexel had three chances during a four-minute span. Michel Pataia had the first chance, but his shot was blocked. Following a corner a kick, Tribbett sent a header towards goal, but it went high. The final chance came on a shot by Mark Donohue that sailed wide.
The College fought hard to find the equalizer for the rest of half. In the 76th minute, redshirt senior Chris Perez rocketed a shot, but it was saved by Afflerbach. Two minutes later, West had a look, but his shot was blocked. The Tribe’s final chance of the match came in the 88th minute, when sophomore Jackson Eskay’s shot sailed high.
Drexel held a 16-14 advantage in shots, but the Tribe held a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal.
The Tribe returns home to Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field on Saturday, Oct. 5 against new CAA rival College of Charleston. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.