Women’s Soccer Ties Rutgers-Newark

Christina Christodoulou

After a pair of games this week, the Drew University women’s soccer team is 1-4 in Landmark conference play. Their overall season record stands at 6-8-1.

The Rangers opened their week on Saturday, October 14 with a 2-0 loss to conference opponent Susquehanna. The game was scoreless until the final five minutes of the second half, when the River Hawks scored a pair of late goals to give them the victory.

Drew goalkeeper Madison Dudziec (‘21) made six saves during the game. Four of them came in the first half as Susquehanna was offensively dominant and had a number of scoring opportunities. In minute 56, the Rangers had a chance to take the lead but Caroline Kelly’s (‘19) shot was blocked.

Following a blocked attempt by Alex Gilgorri (‘19) in the minute 85, Susquehanna went on a counterattack scoring back to back goals to give the River Hawks the victory.

On Thursday, October 18, the Rangers finished with a 2-2 tie against Rutgers-Newark. Leah Dentale (‘21) scored the opening goal off of a feed from Kelly in minute 15. Rutgers responded with an equalizer 11 minutes later. The Scarlet Raiders then took the lead in minute 58. Shortly after in minute 72, Marissa McGaffney (‘21) tied the play once again with a chip over the goalkeeper for her first collegiate goal. The Rangers took their last opportunity to come out on top in minute 86, but Gilgorri’s shot was knocked over the crossbar after Rutgers’ keeper got a touch. The Scarlet Raiders had a chance in to win two minutes later, but Brielle Castanheira (‘19) made the save, sending the contest into overtime. After a scoreless double overtime, the game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Dudziec and Castanheira split time in goal; Dudziec made five saves in the first half and Castanheira tallies three over the final 65 minutes.

The Rangers continue their season this Saturday when they travel to Catholic for more conference play.

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