Aug 30, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Villanova women's soccer team battled to their second 1-1 double-overtime tie in three games Friday night as they took on city-rival Drexel in Philadelphia, Pa. Freshman Katie Martin (Dallas, Texas) netted the second goal of her career and marked her third straight game scoring points for the Wildcats as Villanova moved to 0-1-2 on the season. With the draw, the Dragons pushed to 1-1-1.
It marks just the second time in school history that Villanova has gotten off to a 0-1-2 start on the year. The 1988 Wildcats began their season with the same three-game record and concluded the season with a 7-7-4 mark under then Head Coach Don Paxson.
The Wildcats dominated the stat sheet for the contest, outshooting Drexel by a 13-8 margin with a 6-2 advantage in shots on goal. After pushing the pace of the game early on, the Wildcats broke through when sophomore Renee Hart (Bethesda, Md.) hit the post at the 12:48 mark for a near miss, but was put back in play just seven seconds later when sophomore Reanna Marino (Massapequa, N.Y.) put the ball back in action for the Martin goal after a controlled rebound off the crossbar.
The Wildcats continued to dominate the action into the second half before Drexel found themselves in prime scoring position going into the 55th minute. Megan Hammaker took an initial blast towards goal that was blocked by the Villanova defense, but found the rebound and passed to an open Shyanne Kimbrough for the game-tying score at the 59:03 mark.
Back and forth action for the remainder of the regulation saw opportunities for both sides, but neither could penetrate the opposing defense for the game-winner. Villanova saw their best chance in the first overtime period when freshman Caroline Brown (Raleigh, N.C.) forced Drexel goalkeeper Eve Badana to make a save with three seconds remaining in the stanza, but couldn't connect for the score.
Villanova opened the 101st minute of play with one shot each from sophomore Hayley Wilson (Leonardstown, Md.) and Marino, but neither had the trajectory towards net. Neither Drexel or Villanova could come up with the game-winner as time wound down. Defensively, senior goalkeeper Jami Kranich (Hamden, Conn.) tallied one save while Drexel's Badana posted eight stops in the draw.
Villanova will be back in action just two days from tonight when they return home to West Campus Soccer Complex on Sunday to host the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.