Drexel Edges W&M 1-0 To Win CAA MSOC Championship
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (November 16, 2013) – Freshman defender Jameson Detweiler’s goal in the 26th minute and a stellar defensive effort lifted top-seeded Drexel to a 1-0 victory over #3 William & Mary in the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship game on Saturday evening at Drexel’s Vidas Field.
It was the first-ever CAA title for Drexel, which became the eighth different school to capture the CAA men’s soccer championship in the past eight years. With the victory, the Dragons (9-7-4) earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship. William & Mary, which is ranked #21 in the nation, dropped to 11-5-2 but is expected to earn an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament when the field is announced on Monday afternoon.
The game-winning goal was set up by a corner kick from junior Michele Pataia, who lofted the ball from the right corner into the middle of the box. Detweiler was able to corral the loose ball and finish just inside the left post from seven yards out. It was the first goal of his collegiate career.
Drexel senior back Tal Bublil was selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship after spearheading a tremendous effort from the Dragons’ defense. Drexel limited the Tribe to just nine shots in the match and became the first team to hold W&M without a goal since September 13.
Drexel freshman goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach made four saves to record his sixth shutout of the year and was named to the All-Tournament team. He was joined by Dragons’ teammates Joaquin del Rosario, who scored two goals in Thursday’s semifinals, and senior midfielder Ken Tribbett.
William & Mary, which scored a season-high six goals in a semifinal victory over UNCW on Thursday, was limited to one quality scoring opportunity in each half in the finals. With 9:35 left in the first half, Josh West saw his hooking 18-yard shot hit off the right corner of the crossbar. Early in the second half, Chris Perez put a 10-yard header on net, but it was stopped by Afflerbach.
The Tribe was represented on the all-tournament team by Perez, Michael Teiman and defender Will Smith. Also making the team were Colin Bonner and Mateo Cardona of UNCW and Roberto Gimenez and Vincent Mediate of Delaware.