PHILADELPHIA, PA. 10/10/2018 – The Drexel Dragons got off to a fast start, but could not hold off the Delaware Blue Hens falling 2 – 1 in an overtime game at Vidas Field. Blue Hens freshman forward Jake Steinberg scored his first collegiate goal 5 minutes and 5 seconds in the first extra period.
“We have kids that are learning that when you have chances, you have to finish,” Drexel Coach Doug Hess said.
The Dragons got off to a fast start less than a minute into the contest when freshman Chris Donovan got the Dragons on the scoreboard, Goalie Stephen Kopsachilis sent the ball to midfield off a goal kick. Forward Kwesi Allen headed the ball to Donovan who cleared the defense and put the ball home to the lower right side of the net. Kopsachilis scored the first point by a Dragon keeper since 2012.
That was about it for the Drexel offense. Delaware took the territorial advantage keeping the ball on their offensive side of the field. It also limited the chances for Dragons. The Blue Hens had a 19 – 2 advantage in shots, 10 – 1 in the first half.
Delaware broke through in the 37th minute. Drexel was called for a handball in the box. Fede Prieto took the penalty kick, but was stopped by Kopsachilis. However, Prieto got the rebound and found the back of the net with the follow up shot.
The Blue Hens had 2 shots in the overtime. The second ended the game when Steinberg took a pass from John Schroeder and scored from the left side.
This was another missed opportunity for the Drexel team (7 – 4 – 2, 1 – 4 – 1 CAA) who drops to sixth place in the Colonial. They presently hold the last playoff spot for the conference tournament. The team has missed on chances to solidify the berth, and a higher seed, but have lost or tied their last four conference games, three of those teams were above the Dragons in the standings.
“We had four league games in a row where we have been on top of the game, but we don’t finish,” Hess said.
The Delaware game was the last home CAA game. The young Dragons will need to earn their spot on the road. It will not be easy, and will be a learning experience for this team.
Written By: Glenn Papazian