PHILADELPHIA, PA. 9/22/2015 – The Saint Joseph’s Hawks and the Drexel Dragons came into the game with identical records and left the game with identical records as the teams ended the game in a 0 – 0 double overtime tie at Vidas Field. It was expected to be a tough, defensive battle, and the game lived up to expectations.
“It was very defensive as both teams played hard, it was an even match, both teams had chances,” said Saint Joseph’s Coach Dan D’Ambra. “It was a great match.”
Each team had an opportunities to score, but did not covert. Drexel had two chances with 38 minutes to play, but went over the goal with one shot, and Saint Joseph’s goal keeper Bobby Edwards caught the other. Edwards ended the game with 6 saves facing 17 shots. The flurry gave the Dragons some life as they played to a quicker pace afterward. However, the Hawks defense survived the Drexel thrust.
“The game is about momentum,” D’Amra said. “There were times when we had them on their heels and times when they had us on our heels. It’s about weathering the storm, sorting stuff out, figuring out what they are doing and get through that momentum.”
The best chance for Drexel came when Francisco Rodriguez da Palma in the 52nd minute beat his defender with the ball and came in on Edwards. After he beat his defender, Edwards was on top of him, da Palma would get off a chip shot towards the goal that looked like it would get over the goal line, but a Hawks defender caught up to the ball and directed it away.
Saint Joseph’s had an opportunity in the second overtime. With 7:30 on the clock Sam Irvin off a free kick crossed the ball to Emmanuel Temeh whose shot went wide.
Drexel goal keeper Jacob Jordan made 6 saves facing 16 Saint Joseph’s shots posting his first career shutout. da Palma and Colin McGlynn led Drexel with 4 shots, 2 on goal for McGlynn. Matt Crawford and Eric Jordan had a team-best 3 shots each.
Each team now has a 1 – 6 – 1 record. Drexel will return to CAA play travelling to James Madison on September 26. Saint Joseph’s will host Howard in non-league action on September 25.
Written By: Glenn Papazian