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Drexel comes from behind to draw Rhode Island in home opener

Drexel had a golden opportunity to win it in overtime, but settled for 1-1 draw

Eden Ben Hemo
Matt Ralph

Goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach kept them in it and freshman Eden Ben Hemo scored an 80th minute equalizer to lead Drexel to their second draw of the season in their home opener Tuesday night.

Afflerbach, a senior from Harleysville, made seven saves on the night and wasn’t at fault on the lone goal he surrendered off a 69th breakaway by Stavros Zarokostas.

Colin McGlynn set up Ben Hemo’s first collegiate goal off a corner kick in the 80th minute. The goal was just the second of the season for the Dragons, both by defenders.

Tied after 90 minutes, Drexel had a chance to win it when they were awarded a penalty kick in the 103rd minute, but Rhode Island goalkeeper Nils Leifhelm denied sophomore Robert Smith’s attempt with a diving save to his left. Minutes later, McGlynn’s golden goal effort was disallowed by the linesman’s flag.

A physical match, the teams combined for 40 fouls and five cards, all but one shown to the visitors. Rhode Island had a slight edge on shots with 15 to Drexel’s 13.

Penn draws Seton Hall

Drexel’s Ivy League neighbors earned their second straight draw in a road match in North Jersey on Monday night against Seton Hall.

Freshman Aramis Kouzine (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) scored his first career goal for the Quakers in the 59th minute off an assist from classmate Sam Hefter to cancel out Jonathan Jimenez’s 24th minute goal for 10-men Seton Hall.

The Pirates went down a man just seven minutes in when Patrick Burd was shown red, but Penn was unable to capitalize with the man advantage for most of the night, settling instead for a disappointing draw that marked the first time in its 106-year history a season has started with consecutive draws.