Drexel Advances Past Delaware 7-6 On PK's
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (November 14, 2013) – Top-seeded Drexel reached the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship game for the first time in school history after advancing past #4 Delaware 7-6 on penalty kicks following a 2-2 double-overtime draw in the semifinals on Thursday night at Vidas Field.
The Dragons (8-7-4) will face #3 William & Mary at 4 p.m. on Saturday for the conference title. Delaware (14-4-1) will await a potential at-large berth into the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship next week.
Drexel freshman goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach made a diving save on Drew Colletti’s penalty kick in the ninth round to send the Dragons into the finals. Drexel converted its final five PK’s, with Felipe Fagundes, who didn’t play during the 110 minutes of competition, making the deciding kick in the ninth round.
Drexel appeared to have control of the contest after taking a 2-0 lead in the first half. In the 12th minute, Michele Pataia sent a beautiful through ball to Joaquin del Rosario in the penalty box. The sophomore beat UD goalie Borja Barbero one-on-one to the right side from 15 yards out.
In the 34th minute, John Grosh lofted a corner kick into the box that was headed toward the goal by Drexel’s Tal Bublil. A Blue Hens’ defender knocked it off the line, but the rebound came out to del Rosario, who punched it inside the left post. It was the second goal of the night for del Rosario, who didn’t have a goal during the regular season.
Delaware rallied back in the second half. In the 66th minute, Roberto Gimenez missed on an attempt to get his foot on a ball sent into the box, but he was then able to head the bouncing ball inside the left post from five yards out. It was Gimenez’ fifth goal of the season.
The Blue Hens got the equalizer with just 5:33 remaining in regulation. The play started when Barbero booted a long free kick that Evan Reed was able to get his head on at the top of the penalty box. Freshman Guillermo Delgado, the CAA Rookie of the Year, was able to control the loose ball and hit a shot off the side of his foot past Afflerbach for his league-leading 14th goal of the year.
Delaware had the best scoring chance in the second overtime, but Gimenez’ 15-yard shot was smothered by Afflerbach with 6:28 to go. That set the stage for penalty kicks.
Afflerbach finished with seven saves for Drexel, which was out-shot 22-12 in the contest. Barbero stopped three shots for the Hens.