Landmark Conference Play Inches Closer for Soccer After Splitting Their Games

September 28, 2019

The Drew University women’s soccer team went 1-1 in a pair of non-conference matchups while the men went 1-1 this week. As Landmark Conference play inches closer, the women’s record sits at 3-4, while the men’s record currently stands at 4-4. 

 

On Sept. 18, women’s soccer scored twice in the first 13 minutes against Ramapo to secure an early lead before scoring again to finish the game at 3-1. Sydney Ziemba (’20) opened the scoring when she finished a cross from Leah Dentale (’21) to earn her second collegiate goal. Just eight minutes later, Dentale added another off of a play by Sarah Racine (’21), marking her third goal in two consecutive games. With just over 20 minutes remaining of play, Ramapo made it 2-1, but the Rangers responded with another tally two minutes later when Emma Shatel (’23) sent in a corner for Sam Kievit (’23) to head into the goal. Overall, Drew outshot Ramapo 15-5. Goalies Angela Accetturo (’23) and Anthi Panayides (’23) split halves. Accetturo faced no shots on goal in the first half before Panayides made one stop in the second. Leah Dentale was awarded Landmark Conference of the Week for her impactful play on offense. 

 

Drew was stopped by 13 nationally-ranked Arcadia with a score of 0-2 on Sept. 24. The Rangers found an early opportunity to go up, but Gabby Gilgorri’s (’23) shot was saved. Arcadia took the lead in minute 15 and scored again with four minutes remaining in the opening half. Just before the break, Ayla Lopez (’23) took another chance for Drew, but her attempt was blocked. In the second half, the Rangers blanked Arcadia and limited them to just two shots on goal. Racine took Drew’s last shot on goal in minute 58 but Arcadia collected another save. The Rangers were outshot 20-5 by their undefeated opponents, and Accetturo finished with six saves in goal to reach her second highest tally this season.     

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The men’s side fell to TCNJ by a 2-1 margin on Sept. 18. The Lions, who are currently ranked sixth in the United Soccer Coaches Division III South Atlantic Region poll, scored in minutes 20 and 30 to assume a 2-0 lead at halftime. In minute 69, Drew came alive when Modesto Nogueira (’23) blasted a line drive into the back of the net off an assist from Kyle Bethel (’23). Nogueira and Tony Oliveira (’21) took a team high two shots each. 

 

The Rangers then traveled to Kean University for a game under the lights on Sept. 25, and the end of regulation time saw a 0-0 scoreline. Drew entered extra time for the second occasion this season, having to stretch it into the second half. Fortunately, they had a positive result this time when Ryan LaRocca (’21) sent a cross from the right side into the box in minute 107. LaRocca’s cross landed at the head of Ian Sawicki (’20) who directed it into the back of the net to end the game and earn the 1-0 victory. 

 

Women’s soccer will kick off Landmark Conference play on Sept. 28 when they face Goucher College. The men will play at 1 p.m. before the women’s squad follows at 4 p.m. 

 

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