PHILADELPHIA – A second half goal from Drexel was the difference in the 2015 edition of the University City Derby, denying the University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team at Vidas Field in a 1-0 defeat for the Quakers.
An evenly-played first half gave way to a Drexel-dominated opening portion of the second period, and eventually the Dragons connected in transition.
The winner came in the 63rd minute, when Francisco Palma carried the ball down the right side after a Penn turnover, crossing to the head of Colin McGlynn at the edge of the six. McGlynn had position on his defender, scoring just inside the near left post.
Moments earlier, Penn had a chance to strike first, but a Jerel Blades break in the 61st minute was negated by a Drexel defender inside the 18. The contact was deemed incidental, and less than two minutes later the Dragons took the lead.
Penn’s best chance to equalize came in the 70th minute, when a set piece found the head of Gideon Metrikin. The header was on goal, but saved by Tyler Afflerbach. In the 86th minute, Matt Poplawski sent a shot with pace towards goal from 25 yards out, but the offering was high.
The Quakers were outshot, 13-6, and only sent two shots on goal. Etan Mabourakh, in his first career start in goal, had three saves.
The Quakers return to Rhodes Field on Sunday, hosting No. 23 Temple at 7 p.m.