By Josie Emanuelli
This past week, Drew’s men’s soccer extended their winning streak to four as they beat Juniata College 4-0 on Saturday, Oct. 8, and Swarthmore College on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1-0. Both games were on the road.
Drew continued their Landmark Conference winning streak beating Juniata College 4-0 on Saturday in Huntington, Pa. These four goals are a season high for the Rangers as they dominated the game offensively, taking 23 shots to the Eagle’s eight. The first goal was scored by Tyler Kwaak (’20), earning his first goal of his collegiate career. Dylan Hammer (’17) netted the second goal of the game off an assist from Benjamin Audi (’18). Audi missed the first nine games of the season due to injury but is making a quick impact upon his return. To extend their lead, a goal was scored by Joe Sollod (’17), who is now tied with Andy Imoh (’20) for most goals this season with five. Alexi Valasquez (’19) contributed to the goal tally as well. Twelve Rangers took shots on Saturday, and nineteen of their shots were on goal. Defensively, goalie John Marques (’17) played a strong game, blocking Juniata’s six shots on goal to earn his second shutout of the season.
On Wednesday, the Rangers extended their winning streak with a dramatic 1-0 over Swarthmore College. The game was 0-0 until the last minute of regulation, when Hammer scored a dramatic goal off an assist from Anthony McMyne (’19). Hammer joined Sollod and Imoh as the team’s leading scorers with this goal, his fifth of the season. Throughout the game, the Rangers outshot Swarthmore with 15 shots, six of them being on goal. Swarthmore answered with ten shots, three of them being on goal. Each team drew one corner, and Drew had 14 fouls to Swat’s 13. This is the second season in a row that the Rangers have beaten Swarthmore by one goal. Goalkeeper Marques earned his second shutout in a row, his third of the season, reaffirming his title Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week.
The Rangers return home after their series of away games to play Susquehanna on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m. to continue their Landmark Conference play.