Hard-working senior Drake enjoys ‘comfort’ of soccer field

By Brooke Famous
September 25, 2012

Dana Drake has nine career goals and six career assists for a total of 24 points in 65 games with the Lady Cavs. (Brooke Famous / Staff Writer)

“Drake” otherwise known as senior human resources major, Dana Drake, has been playing soccer all of her life.

Drake started her career at the young of 5-years-old and has been playing ever since. Being a tri-athlete until her senior year of high school at Belvidere H.S in Hope, N.J., she would soon have to face a tough decision freshman year of college.

“Many of my expectations have been met at Cabrini,” Drake said. “I have personally and academically grown, which makes it even better that I chose Cabrini.”

Aside from applying to Cabrini, Drake applied and was accepted to 13 other colleges, but chose to come to Cabrini for the smallness of the school, the comfort, as well as the sports. Other than playing soccer, Dana loves going out with friends and spending time with family.

“I found myself feeling more comfortable with the soccer team,” Drake said, “and the experience that I gained as a freshman through the women’s soccer program was one I could never forget.

Getting recruited for sports at Cabrini was one of the best things that happened, since winning two CSAC championships added to choosing soccer as a main focus, aside from school.

“Her outstanding worth ethic extends beyond the sidelines,” head coach Ken Prothero said. “She pushes herself in the classroom and is always focused on improving her abilities for success after graduation.”

As an outside midfielder, Drake has made several contributions to the women’s soccer team. She started in four of Cabrini’s 21 games as a freshman before eventually becoming a full-time starter as a senior. In 2009, she received the CSAC All-Academic honoree.

“[Dana] is one of the hardest working players we have had on our roster over the last four seasons,” Prothero said.

In 2010, she claimed the CSAC Second Team accolades, as well as the CSAC All-Academic honoree, playing 19 matches and making 18 starts. She had a team-high with four game-winning goals that season.

“As an outside midfielder, she doesn’t get as many opportunities to score as the forwards,” Prothero said, “but the majority of her goals have come at the most important times in some of the biggest matches.”

In 21 games as a freshmen, Drake posted one assist and 22 shots. So far in Drake’s career, she has tallied up nine goals as well as six assists.

Drake and the Lady Cavs recently defeated Rosemont College in the team’s second CSAC match of the season, moving to 2-4-1 on the season. They travel to Swarthmore on Thursday to take on Swarthmore College in the first of three straight road matches. You can next see Drake and the Lady Cavs at Edith Robb Dixon Field on Saturday, Oct. 6, when they host Baptist Bible College at 12 p.m.

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