Aug. 28, 2009

Courtesy of Drake

FORT WAYNE, IND. - Senior Julien Edwards' (Ottawa, Ontario/De La Salle) goal in the 88th minute (87:38) lifted No. 21 Drake to a come-from-behind 2-1 men's soccer victory over No. 7 Indiana on Thursday evening (Aug. 27) at the National Soccer Festival.

The game-winning goal came on a scramble in front of the net off of a corner kick by redshirt freshman Matt Prather (Lee's Summit, Mo./Lee's Summit North).

"Tonight was good as we played all 20 players, moved the ball around, stayed injury free and played good soccer," Drake head coach Sean Holmes commented.  "We could afford to get better defensively and finish more chances but to come to Indiana's home state and get a result is always encouraging.  I think the players have a sense of the possibilities that lie before them this year."

The Hoosiers cracked the scoring column first in the affair in the 28th minute (27:55) when Will Bruin fired a shot that beat redshirt junior Michael Drozd (Harwood Heights, Ill./Loyola Academy).

Despite trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Bulldogs owned a 6-5 advantage in shots in the first half.

Junior Evan Harrison (Evansville, Ind./Reitz Memorial) squared the affair at one at the 57:06 mark when his shot from the left box beat Luis Soffner to the lower left corner.  Sophomore Hunter Kennedy (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) bumped a long ball to Harrison from Drozd to earn the assist on the tally.

The Bulldogs recorded a 13-12 advantage in shots in the game and were led by two shots apiece from Edwards, senior Garrett Webb (Prairie Village, Kan./Shawnee Mission East) and redshirt sophomore Michael Noonan (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier).  Indiana was paced by two shots apiece from Bruin and Lee Hagedorn.

Drozd pulled in four saves for Drake, while Soffner collected three saves for the Hoosiers.

The Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday (Sept. 1) when Drake hosts DePaul at the Cownie Soccer Complex beginning at 7:00 p.m.