PHILADELPHIA, PA. 10/15/2017 – The Drexel Dragons kept the offensive pressure on the College of Charleston Cougars, and were rewarded by an overtime goal by forward Imani Walker in the 92nd minute to post a dramatic 1 – 0 at Vidas Field. The win allows the Dragons (10 – 5 – 1, 5 – 1 – 1) to keep a hold on second place in the Colonial Athletic Association standings.
The golden goal came one minute and twenty three seconds in the overtime period. Walker took a crossing pass from the left side from midfielder Wilhelmina Hauch-Fausboll, then flicked it in from close range beating Charleston goal keeper Geneviev Henderson to end the match.
“I saw Wilhelmina make a run down the left side,” said Walker about the game deciding play. “I waited to see where the shot would go. It looked short so I made the run across the box. All I had to do was touch it and it went in, then I was rushed by everyone. It was on overwhelming feeling, but a good one.”
The Dragons had a 20 – 9 edge in shots, and lead in corner kicks by a 13 – 1 margin. Walker had 2 shots, one on goal, and she made it count. Forward Shaelyn McCarty had a game-high 7 shots, 4 were on goal.
“It’s not about that statistics, it’s about the goal,” said Drexel Coach Ray Goon. “Our team was resilient and we persevered and got it in extra time.”
With just under 10 minutes left in regulation, Drexel had a great opportunity when forward Vanessa Kara took a pass behind the defense and went in on a breakaway. Her shot was blocked which kept the game scoreless. McCarty had a shot that apparently beat Henderson, but sailed high over the goal with just under two minutes on the clock.
Dragons goal keeper Christiana Ogunsami recorded her fourth consecutive shutout, her eighth of the season. Drexel has not been scored upon since a September 21st game against Northeastern.
“Our motto is if we don’t give up any goals, we won’t lose any games,” Goon said. “You have to score goals to win games. We are solid, another shutout win. That shows our backs and our goal keeper are doing a solid job.”
The Dragons post an important win against a team close to them in the standings. The Cougars are 8 – 6 – 1, 3 – 3 – 1 in conference. The College of Charleston drops to fourth place four points behind Northeastern, who is two points behind Drexel. Hofstra sits atop the conference at 8 – 0. The win allows the Dragons to keep a hold on second place.
“It’s very important.” Walker said about the victory. “We are trying to secure our spot in second place and hopefully getting a bye for the CAA Playoffs, so it was very important that we won this game.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian