PHILADELPHIA - The Drexel men's soccer team came out aggressive in its conference opener against William & Mary, pushing the ball into the offensive end to create opportunities and coming up with a season-high 19 shots. The results were no different, however, as the Dragons were shut out for a sixth time in seven games this season, falling to the Tribe, 2-0. Pentti Pussinen saved five of the seven shots that came his way for Drexel. Brandon Zeller led the team with four shots.
The Dragons came out of the gates firing, getting off 10 shots in the opening half, four of which went on goal. Early on, Jonathan Volpatti had a good look at the right side of the Tribe goal, but their keeper dove to his left to deflect Volpatti's shot and keep the scoreboard clean.
Moments later, William & Mary capitalized on a free kick when Michael Teiman scored off a set piece from Nicholas Abrigo to slow the Drexel momentum and give the Tribe a 1-0 lead.
Drexel kept pushing up the field, but often spent too much time dribbling as they got in close to the net, allowing William & Mary defenders to close and disrupt the offensive flow. The score remained 1-0 through the first half, but then in the game's 57th minute, William & Mary put together a furious charge that saw Abrigo out in front. He took a perfectly-placed ball and fired it on Pussinen, who made the save but could not corral the ball. Abrigo kept charging and punched the loose ball over the reach of Pussinen for the Tribe's second goal of the game.
Drexel will conclude its three-game homestand on Wednesday, when it plays its final non-conference game of the season against Temple. The Dragons and Owls will kick it off at 7:00 p.m. at Vidas Field.