Drexel Defeats Penn 1 – 0
PHILADELPHIA, PA 9/9/2012 – The Drexel University Dragons Women’s Soccer team returned from the Hawaiian road trip. Their welcome home gift was a visit from the University of Pennsylvania. The Dragons responded by winning a 1 – 0 hard-fought game at Vidas Field. Dragons Coach Ray Goon was pleased the way his team responded.
“We knew it was going to be tough coming back from Hawaii,” said Goon. “The time zone took its toll physically, but once we got our legs we wanted to know we were back mentally as well. Penn was an excellent test for us. There were a lot of things for us to figure out, but I think we did well.”
The game was back and forth with no team getting the first score. In the second half Drexel began to exert some pressure. The Dragons broke through in the 74th minute when Senior forward Jess Lowinger picked up a loose ball in the box, turned and put the ball into the lower left corner of the net. It was the second goal of the season for Lowinger who knew how important it was to get the lead in a tightly contested game like this one.
“We had a lot of pressure on, so we knew it was coming,” said Lowinger. “It picked our team up and gave us momentum going forward. Penn put a lot of pressure on, so we needed that.”
After the goal the Dragons kept the pressure on Penn. The Dragons had 5 second half shots and 9 for the game. Penn finally made their charge late in the game, but could not put the ball past Dragons Sophomore goal keeper Eve Badana. Penn had 6 shots in the game, 4 in the latter half. Badana had 3 saves while Penn Senior goal keeper Sarah Banks saved 2.
“Our mentality was to bend and not break,” Goon said. “I think we did that. We knew Penn was going to come at us. Once we scored we knew they were going to come at us. We had to keep everything stable.”
Drexel improves 5 – 1 – 1 on the season, and enjoyed the win over their West Philadelphia neighbor. Drexel travels to North Philadelphia to face city rival Temple on September 14.
Penn evens their record at 2 – 2. The Red and Blue heads to California for two games against California and Sacramento State.
Written By: Glenn Papazian