Philadelphia – Megan Hammaker scored her first goal of the season in the 71st minute to give Drexel a 1-0 win against William & Mary on Senior Day at Vidas Field. It marked the first time in 11 meetings that the Dragons have ever defeated the Tribe. Drexel is now 11-3-2 overall and 5-2-1 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while William & Mary fell to 11-5 (5-2, CAA).
With the game scoreless, Drexel junior Sam Greenfield fed a ball from the right side to the top of the box. Hammaker one-timed a shot from about 20 yards into the upper right hand corner, past William & Mary's Caroline Casey for what proved to be the only goal of the match. The win extended Drexel's home unbeaten streak to 14 matches (10-0-4). Drexel hasn't lost at Vidas Field since the last match of the 2010 season.
The Tribe had two significant opportunities to even the score in the closing minutes of the match. William & Mary's Mallory Schaeffer, one of the top players in the CAA, fired a shot off a rebound and appeared to beat Drexel keeper Eve Badana. However, the Dragons' Civanni Moss was stationed at the post and stopped what would have been the game-tying goal with 13 minutes to play. Less than two minutes later, William & Mary's Barbara Platenberg fired a shot on goal, but Badana made the stop and contained the rebound.
Both teams had a few scoring chances in the first half. Drexel opened with a strong first 10 minutes and almost had a goal when senior Alex Vazquez' chip shot just four minutes in went over the net. William & Mary had its best opportunity after Drexel received a yellow card, giving the Tribe a free kick right above the box. Schaeffer took the kick and it was blocked by Drexel's wall. The ball came right to Nicole Baxter, who fired but had her shot blocked.
William & Mary outshot Drexel, 17-14, but could not get a shot past Badana, who made five saves in recording her ninth shutout of the season. As a team, Drexel has held 10 of its 16 opponents off the scoreboard. Casey had six saves in a losing cause for the Tribe.
The Dragons honored their seniors before their final weekend home match. Sydney Douglas, Caitlin Gottier, Megan Mahon, Biz Matta, Juliana Speroni, Alex Vazquez, Courtney Wylie and captains Jourdan Halasz and Jess Lowinger were recognized. All of the seniors with the exception of Gottier and Lowinger, who were injured, started the match.
The Dragons are off until Sunday, when they travel to Harrisonburg, Va., to face James Madison in a critical Colonial Athletic Association contest.