PHILADELPHIA – A flurry of second-half looks on both sides ended with Drexel getting a goal in the 85th minute off the foot of Ken Tribbett as the Dragons won their second straight and improved to 3-0-0 at home on the season, defeating Penn, 2-1. The victory was the first for the Dragons over Penn since October 4, 1990.
The two sides combined for 18 shots in the second half, but it was Ken Tribbett's low ball to the far left post in the 85th minute which broke a tightly-contested deadlock in Drexel's favor. Penn had taken eight shots in the second half, coming very close to finding the winning goal twice in tight situations just before Tribbett was able to take a Brandon Zeller pass and use open space to score the winner.
Tim Washam had an outstanding game in goal for the Dragons, stopping seven of the eight shots that came his way. Duke Lacroix had a game-high five shots for Penn, four of them reaching goal, but his last shot on a pretty run down the right side was denied by Drexel keeper Tim Washam in the 82nd minute. Moments later, Nicky Yin had a second good look to break the tie for Penn, getting to a second chance on a Quaker corner, but his low liner was stopped by Washam.
Drexel opened the scoring in the 10th minute, Nathan Page one-touching in a low cross from John Boswell. Drexel's midfielder had burst down the left side and he fed a low pass to Page who went to the near post for the score.
Multiple times early in the season, Penn had been victimized by quick counter strikes from opponents after a goal. This time, it was Penn that answered in short time, Travis Cantrell scoring his fourth goal of the season just 2:09 after Drexel had taken the lead. Cantrell got all of his offering from 40 yards out, booming a ball top right corner after a short pass from Bryan Yasukochi along the near sideline.
With just under nine minutes to play, Penn had a chance to take advantage of a break on the defensive end after Nicky Yin made a tackle on the outer edge of the penalty area to send Penn downfield. Schott broke Lacroix in 1v1, but Lacroix's curler was denied by Tim Washam on a lunging stop. Minutes later, Nicky Yin came close to giving Penn the lead with a low curler on a second-chance look following a Penn corner, but again Washam was there to deny.
Drexel will have a quick turnaround now, as they get back to work on Friday at William & Mary. The Dragons are looking to move to 2-0 in CAA play after their win over Old Dominion on Saturday.