NORFOLK, Va. - The Drexel men's soccer team will not be heading to the CAA Tournament this season, which is good news for the rest of the league, as they have been playing their best soccer of the year with the year winding down. On Friday night, the Dragons concluded their 2011 campaign with a 1-1 draw at No. 16 Old Dominion, holding the Monarchs to just two shots on goal over the contest's 110 minutes. ODU came into the game leading the league in scoring, but could not get much going against the Dragon defense on this night.
Drexel outshot the Monarchs 18-15 as a whole, and peppered 10 shots at ODU keeper Victor Francoz. Althoug he came up with nine saves, the Dragons kept applying the pressure until the very end, forcing four of those saves in the extra sessions.
Although they controlled the pace of play late in the contest, it was the Dragons who had to play comeback to force the overtime. Old Dominion, which is ranked 11th in the national RPI, took a 1-0 lead in the game's 58th minute when Yannick Smith notched his league-best 16th goal of the season, an unassisted score that beat Drexel goalkeeper Pentti Pussinen to his left.
Later in the half, it was the Dragons' top scorer who knotted things up. In the 77th minute, the Dragons pushed the ball into the box, where it got lost in a scrum of players from both sides. From his knees, Ken Tribbett found himself in the right place at the right time, punching the ball past Francoz with a header for his fourth goal of the year.
The Dragons continued to push for the rest of the second half and into overtime. In the waning moments of the game, Drexel put up three shots in the second overtime period. Two came from Mark Donohue, while Malcolm LeBourne also got a shot off. They could not find the back of the net again, however, and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
With the result, Drexel became the only team in the CAA this season to not drop a game against either James Madison and Old Dominion, who will go into the CAA Tournament as the league's top two seeds. Drexel also defeated Delaware, which has qualified for the tournament and could be the third seed depending on Saturday's league results.