PHILADELPHIA—After battling the Retrievers to a scoreless draw for nearly 84 minutes, host Drexel (1-0-0) finally cracked the scoreboard and held on for a 1-0 victory over the UMBC women's soccer team (1-1-0) Sunday afternoon in the Dragons' season opener.
With just 6:17 remaining in the game, Drexel defender Andi Stampone collected a loose ball in the right side of the penalty area and sent a centering pass to forward Ashley Klun, who was alone in front of the net and guided the ball past UMBC freshman goalie Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) for the game's lone tally.
The Retrievers had their best chance of the game just a few minutes earlier, as freshman midfielder Nicole Clark (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) controlled the ball in front of goal by herself while Drexel keeper Nicole Sinclair charged from her line. Clark chipped the ball past Sinclair, but the shot hit the crossbar and bounced away.
Kadet was stellar in her collegiate debut, stopping 11 shots in 90 minutes between the pipes. Sinclair and Victoria Troccoli combined to make two saves for the Dragons. Drexel outshot UMBC, 18-9. Sophomore forward Rachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) had both of the Retrievers' shots on goal in the game and a team-high four shots overall.
The Retrievers' four-game road trip continues on Friday, when they take on Longwood in Farmville, Va., for a 7 p.m. kickoff.