Thursday, December 25, 2014

Third Straight Shutout for Drexel Men's Soccer, 1-0 at Towson

TOWSON, Md. - Nathan Page scored his team-leading sixth goal, Tim Washam put together his sixth shutout and the Drexel men's soccer team moved to 5-1 to stay atop the Colonial Athletic Association as it held off an aggressive Towson team on its home field on Saturday, 1-0. Page's goal in the 42nd minute would prove to be all the Dragons would need as they recorded their third-straight shutout victory.

Third Straight Shutout for Drexel Men's Soccer, 1-0 at Towson

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TOWSON, Md. – Nathan Page scored his team-leading sixth goal, Tim Washam put together his sixth shutout and the Drexel men's soccer team moved to 5-1 to stay atop the Colonial Athletic Association as it held off an aggressive Towson team on its home field on Saturday, 1-0. Page's goal in the 42nd minute would prove to be all the Dragons would need as they recorded their third-straight shutout victory.

The Dragons (9-3-1, 5-1-0) have now held their opponents off the scoreboard for their last 294:30 of play. They did so on Saturday despite continued second-half pressure from the Tigers, who kept Drexel from managing so much as a shot in the second half until the 87th minute. Drexel is now 5-2-1 on the road this year, including a 3-0 record in CAA play.

As the game started, however it was the Dragons that applied much of the early pressure. In the game's first 25 minutes, Drexel got good looks from Brandon Zeller, Nathan Page and two from John Grosh, but could not finish the play. Towson did not back down, though, getting two shots from Olakunle Banjo, one that deflected off the crossbar and another shot from the left that went just wide.

With 11 minutes remaining in the first half, the Dragons caught Towson flat on defense, and a perfectly-placed long pass to Matheus Goncalves got him behind much of the Tigers defense. After faking out one last back, Goncalves dropped it off for Fabio Machado, who fired a hard shot but right into the body of Towson goalkeeper Felix Petermann. He was able to deflect it away, and although that set up a Drexel corner, the Dragons could not take advantage of a clean header by Ken Tribbett, as things remained scoreless.

The Dragons broke through in the 42nd minute. On a broken Towson play, Page got control just inside the offensive side of midfield. He streaked up towards the box, racing past several Tiger defenders before attacking from the left of Petermann. Page's shot beat Petermann easily to the keeper's right, and the Dragons got a favorable bounce as the ball ticked off the post and in to give the Dragons a 1-0 advantage.

Down a goal at intermission, Towson opened the second half aggressively, attacking the Drexel end in an attempt to even things up. Although the pressure was steady throughout the period, the greatest threat may have been in the 59th minute, when Banjo took a pass just onsides and looked like he may have a 1-on-1 break with just Washam to beat. However, three Drexel defenders raced back into the play, including Skylar Olson who got himself between Banjo and the net, stonewalling him and preventing so much as a shot attempt.

The Tigers continued to control possession and attack, as the Dragons did not get a shot off in the second half until the 87th minute, a high try from 30 yards out by Grosh. Tim Washam, who was not called upon to make a save until the 64th minute, ended up with three big stops on the day to earn his sixth shutout of the season.

Drexel returns to action on Wednesday, hosting Delaware at Vidas Field at 7:00 p.m.

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