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NJIT Plays to 1-1 Draw Against Drexel

Published: September 11, 2019

NEWARK, NJ--The NJIT men's soccer team remains undefeated in 2019 after playing to a 1-1 home double overtime draw against visiting Drexel Wednesday evening in non-conference men's soccer action at Lubetkin Field at Mal Simon Stadium.

NJIT, which ranks No. 2 in the Atlantic Region, moves to 2-0-2 on the young season, remaining undefeated through the first four matches of the season.  Drexel, still in search for its first win of the 2019 campaign moves to 0-3-1.

The Highlanders outshot the Dragons by a narrow margin, 13-12, led by transfer Regsan Watkins, who came off the bench for NJIT.  Thomas Radon and Gerald Cubero each notched two shots for the Highlanders.

Watkins got the Highlanders on the board in the 37th minute, assisted by freshman Alejandro Rabell.  Watkins, joined the Highlander squad after playing two seasons at Division II Bloomfield College.  The goal marked his first goal as a Division I player, after receiving a pass from Rabell in the midfield, slipping the ball through two Drexel defenders and tucking away to the left of the Dragon keeper.

In the second period, Drexel threatened in the 51st minute on a point-blank shot by Francisco da Palma saved to by Samuel Reisgys to the lower left of the post.

The Dragons scored the equalizer in the 62nd minute after a pair of consecutive shots from leading scorer Chris Donovan.  Donovan took his first shot but was denied by Reisgys and followed up with a second shot, a header, which was saved again by the Highlander keeper.  After a deflection by da Palma, the senior passed back to Donovan, who was in position on the door step, knotting the match at 1-1.

A scoring opportunity for the Highlanders came in the 74th minute, off the foot of Watkins, who scored NJIT's long goal of the game, on a tough angle from the right side, sailed wide of the post.

In the 81st minute, Drexel served a long cross from the right side to a sliding Griffin Mallas, justing missing to the left of the pipes.

Drexel recorded the first shot in the first overtime period, in the 94th minute by Elliott Swigert, missing to the left.

A minute later, NJIT countered with Watkins serving the ball from the weak side inside the box to leading scorer Rene White, who nearly scored the game-winner, on a header but Drexel's Cameron Sanders recorded his first save of the match.

NJIT senior captain Juan Zapata was credited with the first shot in the second overtime period from 20 yards out, missing high.

Reisgys, reigning ASUN Defensive Player of the Week, combined for four saves in the draw, moving to 2-0-2 in his career.  Drexel's Cameron Sanders was credited with one save on the night.

NJIT will return to action on Saturday when the Highlanders visit Radford in Virginia.  Kickoff is slated for 3:30pm on ESPN+.

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