Hens down Cougars, extend winning streak to seven games
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 21:10
On the heels of another goal from freshman sensation Guillermo Delgado, the Delaware men’s soccer team continued its undefeated run in the CAA after having beaten the College of Charleston 1-0 Sunday at Delaware Mini-Stadium. The team is now 10-1 on the season and has won its last seven games.
The Hens came out of the gate strong against the Cougars but seemed to lose focus as the minutes waned in the first half, allowing Charleston a number of opportunities.
With only a minute left in the first half, the Hens gave the Cougars a golden opportunity in front of their own net that a Charleston forward sailed over the goalpost.
The second half, however, was all Delaware. Senior defender Tobias Müller said the team was able to get back on track by holding onto the ball.
“I think we started the second half with like five straight minutes of possession,” Müller said. “We started to play our game of keeping possession through little touches.”
That time of possession led to a number of scoring chances for Delgado, including two wide-open opportunities he sent over the net. Delgado, the team’s leading scorer, had a chance on a nifty cross-field pass with 37 minutes left in the game that he couldn’t bury.
Luckily for the Hens, Delgado was able to finish off a broken play and poke through his tenth goal of the year in the 55th minute.
The freshman from Spain leads both the team and the conference. Delgado said his goal was all by chance.
“It was a tough game, and it definitely wasn’t my best game, but it’s good to get a win in a game like that,” Delgado said. “I had good opportunities today but for me 50 percent of goal-scoring is luck.”
Delgado said the defense was strong and limited the Cougars’ attack all day.
“They got us possession of every highball,” he said. “And really kept them from getting any real opportunities in the second half. ”
That defense was anchored by Müller and the two centerbacks, senior Vincent Mediate and freshman Nick DiRienzo.
Coach Ian Hennessy said the three were the keys to a hard-fought defensive game.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to get this win and be 10-1,” said Hennessy. “It’s our best record in school history, and we really dominated the second half.”
The Hens outshot their opponent 10-0 in the second half and always seemed to be in control of the tempo of the game.
Delaware’s defense swarmed to the ball and prevented junior goalkeeper Borja Barbero from seeing any real threats.
Hennessy said there is more to how the Cougars play than meets the eye.
“Those guys are a good team, they’ve had a very tough schedule and are better than their record shows, and it feels good to put them away,” Hennessy said.
Other significant notes from the game include freshman Angus Maloney playing in his first-ever game for the Blue Hens and the extension of the team’s win streak to seven games.
Delaware looks to continue that streak Wednesday when it heads up to Boston for another CAA contest against Northeastern.