William and Mary field hockey remained red hot Oct. 18, defeating Drexel 3-2 to earn its first conference win and fifth victory in a row.
The Dragons dominated the early going, firing five shots in the first five minutes but failing to convert, with sophomore goalkeeper Kimi Jones recording a timely save. The game went back and forth until the eighth minute, when the Tribe earned two penalty corners, the second of which rebounded onto the stick of senior Cassidy Goodwin, who rocketed it into the goal to put the College up 1-0.
The Tribe built on its momentum soon after, with Goodwin chasing down another rebound to net her second goal to double the advantage and match her career high. Both goals came off initial shots from senior midfielder and captain Christie van de Kamp.
The teams traded possessions and shots for the remainder of the half, but the Tribe gave up two Dragon goals in the third quarter to enter the final period knotted at two. Both goals came on penalty corners.
The College broke the tie just 20 seconds into the fourth quarter, with a penalty stroke drawn by senior Woodard Hooper resulting in van de Kamp scoring her fourth stroke of the season. The Dragons pushed forward in the remaining minutes, but each effort was thwarted by Jones and the defense and the Tribe secured the one-goal win.
The Tribe outshot the Dragons 17-11 and put five more attempts on goal. It attempted 10 corners to the Dragons’ eight. The current winning streak is the longest for the College since it ripped off seven straight in 2004.
The College will attempt to extend its win streak to six Oct. 20 in Easton, Pennsylvania when it takes on Lafayette at 12 p.m.