PHILADELPHIA, PA 9/8/2013 – The Drexel Dragons women’s soccer team need a bounce back win after their Friday night’s 3 – 0 loss to Liberty. The Dragons would have to get it with a revamped defensive rotation as the team has been hit hard by injuries this season. Drexel got the win shutting out the Lancers of Longwood 1 – 0 at Vidas Field. Freshman forward Shayanne Kimbrough scored her team-high fourth goal of the season, and junior goalie Eve Badana posted her second shut out of the campaign.
“We needed to bounce back,” said Drexel Coach Ray Goon. “We’re battling a lot of injuries and the team
just needs to be ready no matter who we thought is going to start or who is going to play. We have to call on our bench a little bit more. It was a tight game, but I think our players did well.”
The Dragons scored in the 10th minute when Kimbrough found the lower right corner of the net beating Longwood goalie Shelby Hall.
“You want momentum and it makes it tougher if you’re fighting an uphill battle,” Goon said. “It was important to help us get that momentum and let the kids relax a little bit.”
The goal would stand as Drexel played good positional defense keeping the Longwood offense away from the Dragons goal blanking the Lancers.
“There are a lot of new players back there, and it is on the job training,” said Goon. “I was happy with the overall effort. There are a lot of things to iron out, but for today it was good enough.”
“We had a few new faces out there, but we adapted well. It’s looking good and we are staying positive,” said Badana.
Badana was tested late in the game as she made a save off a high shot by Lancer defender Taylor Cave with 39 seconds to play. It was her third save of the game. However, her best save came with 25:41 remaining in the second half. Longwood midfielder Amanda Spencer got behind the defense and directed a low shot that Badana cleared away with a sliding save getting the ball with her left leg.
“She (Spencer) came in on a good pace and had the ball close to her feet,” Badana said. “It is hard to grab it (the ball) when the ball is that close. I had to react to keep the ball out.”
Drexel outshot Longwood by a 12 – 7 margin. The Dragons improved to 3 – 2 – 1 on the season. The next match is a Battle of 33rd Street game against Penn on Friday, September 13.
Written By: Glenn Papazian
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