Kathryn Swenor – Assistant Sports Editor
The Drew Rangers Women’s Soccer team scored the final goal of the game with just 1:13 left in the second and final overtime period, against Susquehanna University on Saturday Oct. 3.
Emma Campbell (’16) scored the goal that gave Drew University women’s soccer team a 2-1 victory over Susquehanna during the Landmark Conference game.
It was Campbell’s second goal of the game and sixth of the season. The Rangers were able to force overtime thanks to Campbell’s first goal of the game in the 67th minute, which was the result of a pass from Thalia Santacruz (’18).
“What happened today was purely a result of the team’s determination to go home with the win,” said head coach Christa Racine. “The effort and the hustle were there. In a conference game on the road on a cold day, the team has to realize particularly that it’s ‘go time,’ and dig down for a little extra. That’s what they did today.”
The 0-0 score at halftime was due to the play of goalkeeper Sara Nash (’16), who made three saves in her 45 minutes of play. Andee Higgins (’17) guarded the net for the final 64 minutes. However, Susquehanna had a 1-0 lead in the 60th minute.
The Ranger’s defense and midfield players worked hard to not allow a single shot by Susquehanna during overtime. While also setting up two corner kicks during the overtime.
Drew put up a fight to enter double overtime, proving to outlast the Crusader attacks. With the final strike of the game, the ball sailed high of the net just before the whistle, advancing the Rangers with a win.
The Rangers traveled to their next game against William Paterson University in non-conference play on Wednesday Oct 6 winning 3-1 on the road.
Shannon Slowey (’16), Campbell, and Meghan McDermott (’19) all scored for the Rangers who matched their season-high for goals in a game. Goalkeeper Higgins (’17) played a scoreless first half in net, making four saves, while Nash (’16) held the lead in the second half with four saves only allowing one goal to be made.
With a goal and an assist on Wednesday, Campbell became the third player in Drew women’s soccer history to reach the 100 career points milestone. Now with 102 points on 45 goals and 12 assists, she ranks third in the program record book for career points.
“Emma has been playing really well lately,” head coach Racine said. “It’s a great moment for her to reach 100 points because not many players that have worn this uniform can say that. We’re hoping that she carries that into a big game at Catholic on Saturday.”
McDermott gained her second career goal to hand Drew the 2-0 lead. Campbell created the goal by serving a pass from the left into the middle, where McDermott was waiting to finish the play with a shot to the top of the goal.
William Paterson inched closer in the 79th minute to cut the Drew lead to 2-1, but the comeback attempt was halted by Campbell’s goal in the 86th minute. She cut past a defender on the left side of the field before taking a shot on the right side of the net for.
The women’s soccer team hits the road tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. for a Landmark Conference game at defending league champions The Catholic University of America.
Leanza Rodriguez – Staff Writer
On Saturday Oct. 3 the Drew University men’s soccer team made their way to Selinsgrove, Pa. to play Susquehanna University in a Landmark Conference game. They traveled with their mind’s set that they would return with a win, but the game ended with an unexpected tie.
This season the Rangers have upped their defense, especially with goalie John Marques (’17), who made seven saves during the game. He pulled through for the team when he made his final save of the afternoon within the last three seconds of the game. “In double overtime every second, every pass, every shot is important. Making any save at anytime feels good, but my defense did a great job of keeping [Susquehanna’s] forward a long way from the net,” said Marques. He was not going to allow the Crusaders to get a last minute goal. This resulted in their seventh shutout of the season.
The Rangers ended the game with an overall 17-16 lead over the Crusaders on shots taken. Most of the shots we taken throughout the two halves and only one shot was taken during overtime, by Lu Goncalves (’18).
The Rangers’ defense were not the only one’s that showed off their immense skill and hard work on Saturday, but midfielder Dylan Hammer (’17) led the team’s offense with four shots, with one being on target. Freshmen Alexi Velazquez (’19) and Zach Lipshitz (’19) also finished amongst game stats leaders with three shots each. Both had back-to-back corner kicks within the first half of the game putting the pressure on the crusaders.
During the last six seconds of the second half Hammer was so close to leading the team to clean win that there would have led to no need in overtime. By the end, the Rangers’ walked off with their second scoreless tie of the 2015 season.
Their next game occurred Wednesday Oct. 7 when the team played their third Landmark Conference game, against Scranton University under the lights at Ranger Stadium. Unfortunately the game did not go as planned and the Rangers’ suffered their first conference loss of the season.
Though the men lost, they played an incredible game. In the twenty-fifth minute they came back to tie the game 1-1. The shot that flew past the Royal’s goalkeeper was made by junior forward Bass Etta-Ashu (’17), making this his second goal of the season. Of course this shot could not have been made without midfielder Cole Leckburg (’17) who sent the ball parallel to the goal line, where Etta-Ashu’s foot met the ball, sending it into the net.
In the second half of the game the Royals came out taking the field by storm. Thirteen minutes in they scored their second goal of the night, putting them in the lead 2-1. They were able to maintain this lead over the Rangers for the remaining 32 minutes of the game. Though the Royals had a lead on them they continued to play hard, not giving them the opportunity to score again. This leaves the Rangers’ with a record of 8-2-2.
The Drew Rangers will travel to Washington, D.C., where they will face off against The Catholic University of America in their fourth Landmark Conference game. The game will be taking place tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.
John Marques (’17)
For the second time this season, Marques was named Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. This honor comes after Marques recorded two shutouts the previous week when Drew defeated New York University and tied Landmark Conference opponent Susquehanna University last Saturday. In addition, Marques notched two saves in the Rangers’ loss to the University of Scranton on Wednesday night. Marques holds a 0.64 goals against average after having only eight goals scored on him thus far in the season and he has a 0.857 save percentage.
Emma Campbell (’16)
Following the women’s soccer team’s double overtime 2-1 victory over Susquehanna, Campbell was named Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time in her career. Campbell notched both of Drew’s goals last Saturday. In addition to her outstanding performance against Susquehanna, Campbell scored one goal and had an assist in the Rangers’ 3-1 win over William Patterson University on Tuesday evening. She is now just the third player in program history to reach and surpass the 100 point milestone with 45 goals, 12 assists, and 102 total points.
Alexandra Kemper – Staff Writer
The Drew University field hockey team dropped its Landmark Conference home opener on a cold and dreary Saturday afternoon, to Susquehanna University at Ranger Stadium.
The final score was 3-1., bringing the Ranger record to 1-9 overall and 0-2 in conference. Susquehanna now stands at 8-3, 1-1, respectively.
Madi Sheetz (’18) scored the only goal for the Rangers this past weekend. Sheetz tied the team lead in goals scored for the season in the 63rd minute of the contest and brought the Susquehanna lead down to 3-1. The Crusaders scored two goals in the first seven minutes of the game and Drew was unable to come back from the early Susquehanna rally.
Captain Michelle Fallon (’16) told us that the final score could have been different. She said, “If we played like we did in the last 25 minutes for the whole 70 minutes, the outcome would have been in our favor. We are using this game as a learning experience because we need to be a 70 minute team.”
Ryann Callaghan (’19) added 13 saves to her stats sheet. This was the fifth game this season that Callaghan had at least 13 saves in a single contest. The first-year keeper has now made 101 saves this season.
Susquehanna held the advantage in both shots and penalty corners with 22 and nine, respectively. Drew took seven shots and had four penalty corners in the Landmark action. The Crusaders scored the first goal of the game just 41 seconds into the contest. Six minutes later Susquehanna had a 2-nothing lead. In the second half, they made their lead 3-0, stopping the clock at 43 minutes.
Callaghan saved two penalty shots. The first stroke came in the 8th minute and the second in the 27th minute.
Huma Sheikh (’17) was unable to play in the recent contest do to an injury. Sheikh shared “I didn’t play in the game, but we played hard within the last 25 minutes of the game. Unfortunately we were not able to connect soon enough to score key goals to win the game.” Sheikh says is excited that she will be able to return to action tomorrow.
Fallon took three shots in the contest, two of them on goal. Kirby Clark (’16) fired two shots on the cage and Michele Pozyc (’18) forced the Susquehanna keeper to make a save in her only shot on goal during the competition.
The team is hosting The Catholic University of America tomorrow at 1:00 at Ranger Stadium. Catholic is currently ranked number 18 in the national poll.
Leanza Rodriguez – Staff Writer
On Saturday, Sept. 26 the Drew University Women’s Soccer team had the opportunity to take their Landmark Conference game against Juniata College into overtime when the net was open, waiting for them to kick a goal. Sadly the game did not go as planned and Drew suffered a conference loss. The game was at a 0-0 standstill until Juniata scored at the 65 minute mark.
As the clock quickly ran down the Rangers worked to make a run at the net. Emma Campbell (‘16) moved swiftly past a defender and down the field. She then passed the ball to midfielder Danielle Cowan (‘16). Cowan ran, moving the ball close to the penalty box, where Kelly then kicked a ball that seemed to be going directly into the net, but then turned right at the last instant. This was the last play of the game.
The Rangers had seven shots during the game with forward Campbell (‘16) and midfielder Caroline Kelly (‘19) leading the team. By the end of the game each player had two shots on goal. Goalkeepers Sara Nash (‘16) and Andee Higgins (‘17) together ended the game with five saves.
On Wednesday, Sept. 30 the girls traveled to Hoboken, New Jersey to play at Stevens Institute of Technology. The team went hopeful to win, but unfortunately came back with their sixth loss of the 2015 season. Their record for the season is now 3-6-1.
The Ducks scored three goals in the first half of the game, while they tried to hold off the Rangers’ powerful offense. Though the Rangers lost they played a great game. The team’s offense was able to attempt ten shots and even put eight on goal. They were also able to retrieve eight corner kicks throughout the game. Meghan McDermott (’19) pushed through and led her team, taking three of the ten shots and getting two on net.
McDermott (’19) was not the only player at the top of their game that night. Goalkeeper Sara Nash (’16) started for the fifth time this season and played every minute of the game. During the game she made seven saves which is now the season-high. This will now be her 25th save of the season.
Wednesday’s game was the fifteenth meeting between the Stevens Ducks and the Drew Rangers since 1993. This game put Stevens in a 12-3 all-time lead against Drew. The women’s soccer team last triumphed over Stevens back in 2013 when they were on their way to becoming the Landmark Conference Champions.
Drew Women’s Soccer look forward to their next game tomorrow against Susquehanna University. They will be traveling up to Sellingsgrove, Pa. to face it off in a Landmark Conference game, at 3:30 p.m.
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