PHILADELPHIA, PA. 10/11/2018 – The Drexel Dragons went into this game tied for the final playoff spot in the Colonial Athletic Conference. The Hofstra Pride was a team above them in the standings. Drexel knew a victory would enhance their post-season chances. The team fought back from each deficit, but ultimately fell 3 – 2 on a goal in the second overtime period by Sabrina Byran in the 103rd minute. The Dragons remain tied for sixth place in conference with UNCW.
“This late you’re trying to get points, as many as you can,” said Drexel Coach Ray Goon. “Coming up without points is disappointing. This late in the season each game has playoff implications.
Freshman forward Lauren Currey netted both Drexel goals. Each score tied the game. Curry got her first in the 24th minute. Currey had the game-tying score in the 84th minute. Extra time at a rainy Vidas Field would be required.
“The kids did not get discouraged, they kept fighting,” said Goon. “We got the equalizer, but it did not go our way.”
Hofstra got out to an early lead on a goal by Bryan, her first of two scores, in the 11th minute. Lucy Porter would give the lead back to the Pride scoring two minutes after Currey knotted the game at one. The Pride took a 2 – 1 lead into intermission.
The Dragons (5 – 6 – 4, 2 – 4 – 0) kept the pressure on in the second half before getting rewarded by the second Currey goal.
Drexel had a 19 – 16 shots advantage in the game, 4 – 2 in the two overtime periods. But Hofstra had more shots, 7 – 6, and a 2 – nil lead in corner kicks in the opening forty-five minutes.
“It’s tough because the kids really battled in the second half,” Goon said. “If the game was only on the merits of the second half, we deserved better. You have to play two halves and if we played better on the first half, that would have helped our situation.”
Byran and Porter lead Hofstra (10 – 5 – 1, 4 – 2 – 1) in goals scored with 6 apiece. Currey has 3 goals this season for Drexel.
The Dragons ended their three-game home stand. They will take to the road for games at Towson and Northeastern before returning home for the regular season ending game against Elon on October 21. Will there be more soccer? That is still to be determined.
Written By: Glenn Papazian