Article Written by Cassie Folck
Published: September 30, 2012
Despite a late push from the Georgia State women’s soccer team, they couldn’t overcome Drexel on Sunday and fell 2-0.
Neither team had scored in the first half, and both teams were looking to score that pivotal first goal in the second half. In the 59th minute, Drexel's Biz Matta sent a high pass across the box towards Sam Greenfield. Greenfield took the opportunity and buried the header into the left corner.
Georgia State was now forced to play aggressively if it wanted to try and tie up the match. Coach Derek Leader instructed his team to play forward and try to get the goal. Drexel took advantage of this situation and with just two and half minutes left in the game, Gabby Dixon played scored a goal off of Panther goalie Rebecca Toler’s hands from a previous shot. The second goal by the Dragons sealed the game and Drexel won 2-0.
“We sent all numbers forward to make a late push when it was 1-0,” Leader said after the match. “Unfortunately, it backfired on us and they scored with just two minutes left. We did what we could to try and tie the match up. It didn’t work this time and that’s just how soccer goes sometimes.”
The Panthers were relegated to playing defense most of the game, as Drexel totaled nine shots by seven different players. The only player on Georgia State’s team to make a shot was junior Jewel Evans. She had two shots, both in the first half, one of which was on goal. Other players had looks, but couldn’t connect.
This was the second loss of the weekend for the Panthers. They dropped a 2-1 double-overtime contest to Delaware Friday night. This also makes it their fourth straight loss, all against conference opponents.
Thursday will be Georgia State’s next chance at a conference win, as they will have just three days to get ready to travel to Old Dominion for a 7 p.m. start time. The Panthers will then return home on Sunday, Oct. 7, to face William & Mary at 1 p.m.