PHILADELPHIA – Goals by Aaron Burrell (Tampa, Fla.) and Jamal Vinson (Teaneck, N.J.) led the Sacred Heart men's soccer team to its second consecutive win Friday afternoon, as the Pioneers defeated the Drexel Dragons 2-1 at Vidas Field.
Sacred Heart (2-2) scored on its very first shot of the match in the sixth minute. Mahmoud Kafel (Fairfield, Conn.) capped off a run into the Drexel third with a pass to Burrell, who knocked in a cross from close range to put the Pioneers ahead 1-0. That, however, was Sacred Heart's only shot in the first half. Drexel (0-2-1) took the next six shots of the half but only one was on goal. Ken Tribbett fired a shot in the ninth minute that was cleared off the goal line by the Sacred Heart defense.
The Pioneers scored early in the second half as well to take a 2-0 lead. Vinson notched his first goal of the season in the 53rd minute, weaving through Dragons before hitting a shot that bent into the top left of the goal. Once again, Sacred Heart had to hold off a furious Drexel charge. The Dragons got on the scoreboard in the 64th minute when Skylar Olson cracked a shot from 40 yards out off of a corner kick to make the score 2-1. The Pioneers stood tall despite letting in the goal. Junior goalkeeper Dylan Strachan (Fairfield, Conn.), in his first start for Sacred Heart, made three saves in the match, including one in the 87th minute when Tribbett tried to head in a corner kick to level the match.
Drexel outshot Sacred Heart 21-4 in the game, but only had four shots on goal. The Dragons also held a 10-4 advantage in corner kicks.
The Pioneers wrap up their weekend in Philadelphia on Sunday with a 2:30 p.m. match at Penn.