Soccer drops to 2-3 in CAA play
Published: Monday, October 28, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 28, 2013 21:10
Having claimed a win over Howard University at home Wednesday, the Delaware men’s soccer team could not build on its momentum, falling 2-1 to UNC Wilmington Saturday night at Delaware Mini-Stadium.
The loss was compounded by the fact that Saturday’s match was Senior Night.
Senior defender Mark Garrity said it was hard to try to mount a comeback over a conference rival.
“Definitely tough to lose on Senior Night,” Garrity said. “We let up that first early goal and then had to fight our way all the way back to try and win, but it’s tough to score in the CAA.”
Delaware started the game off slowly, as the Seahawks had a majority of the scoring chances in the first half. The Seahawks’ efforts finally paid off, as UNC Wilmington’s Colin Bonner buried a goal with a diving kick in the 19th minute.
The Hens went into the second half down 1-0 as they squandered the few chances they had.
The second half was a much different story, however, as Delaware came out and controlled the tempo of the game from the start.
“We had a terrific second half,” said head coach Ian Hennessy. “We had them pinned back for most of the time and had a majority of the scoring chances.”
The Hens were only able to capitalize on one of those chances, however, with senior forward Roberto Giménez scoring on a pass from freshman midfielder Guillermo Delgado.
Giménez, who has not played a full game this season due to injuries, was noticeably shaken up on the play and stayed down for several minutes after the goal before finally getting up.
After limping through the next couple of minutes of action, Giménez went to the sidelines and did not return to the game.
“I came back from some injuries and wasn’t supposed to play as much as I did today,” Giménez said. “So, the tiredness just caught up with me and caused some cramping.”
Minus Giménez, the Hens continued to attack but to no avail. The Seahawks, on the other hand, were limited in their opportunities but made the most of any chance they had, scoring on a free kick from 20 yards out with 3:48 left in the game, effectively ending the contest for Delaware.
“I think that free kick was their only real scoring chance in the second half,” Hennessy said. “But you just have to give them credit because they capitalized on it and made a great play to score.”
“I told the team that sometimes it’s a cruel game,” Hennessy said. “I definitely think we played well enough to win tonight, but now we just have to focus on our next game which just became a must-win.”
The next game, which takes place Wednesday against CAA opponent William & Mary, is the Hens’ final home game of the season and is indeed a must win for Delaware to have a chance at making the CAA Tournament, held from Nov. 14 to Nov. 16.
While Delaware has an impressive 11-4 overall record, they have struggled in their division and are now 2-3 in the CAA. The Hens are currently in sixth-place in the CAA.
The Tribe have a 3-1 comferemce record this season and will enter Wednesday’s game on a four-game win streak. A year ago, the Hens dropped a 3-2 road matchup to W&M.
Hennessy said Delaware needs to create more quality chances in front of the net and then capitalize on them.
Giménez said William & Mary are a strong team, but the Hens are happy to be playing on their field.
“Now we just have to win on Wednesday,” Giménez said. “It’s a big game against a good team, but we are glad it’s at home.”