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Women’s soccer begins 2016 with back-to-back wins

Varsity sports are back in action at Drexel University after the summer quarter hiatus. The Drexel University women’s soccer team has started the season strong by going 2-0 in their first two games.

The Dragons defeated their local rival, the Temple University Owls, at the Temple Sports Complex Friday, Aug. 19  by one point, with a score of 2-1. Shaelyn McCarty and Madison Dunn scored for Drexel.

Drexel got on the board first with a goal from McCarty in the 16th minute of play. McCarty headed the ball into the goal with an assist from Vanessa Kara.

The Owls held Drexel to a 1-0 lead until just over three minutes later when the Dragons scored their second goal of the match. Dunn scored an unassisted goal off a corner kick to improve the Dragons advantage by another goal, going into halftime.

Temple scored their only goal of the game in the 59th minute of regulation. Drexel’s junior goalie Christina Ogunsami allowed one goal in the match and had five saves. She made a crucial save to maintain Drexel’s lead with just over 18 minutes to play and made another important save off of a Temple penalty kick.

The Dragons were able to hold off the Owls to finish with a victory.

The team earned their second win of the season over Villanova University Sunday, Aug. 21. Drexel shut out the Wildcats 3-0 on the road.

McCarty, and Kara each scored one goal along with sophomore Kiera Hennessy., and Kara scored one goal apiece.

The Dragons came out strong early, getting on the board in the 7th minute of play. McCarty scored off a corner from Kylie Strong.

Drexel would go into the halftime break with a 1-0 lead after an impressive first-half performance from the Dragon’s defense.

In the 71st minute, Drexel extended its advantage. Hennessy registered her goal off a corner kick, this one from Joanna Seca.

The Dragon’s final goal of the game was scored with just over 12 minutes remaining. Kara scored an unassisted goal.

Villanova could not overcome the three goal deficit. Ogunsami had six saves in the winning effort.

Drexel will return to action when they welcome La Salle University for its home opener at Vidas Field at 7 p.m. on Thursday.