Delgado helps Hens earn first 2-0 start since 2006
Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 18:09
Freshman midfielder/forward Guillermo Delgado slipped past the remaining two University of Seattle defenders and shot at the top right corner, only for the ball to be deflected out of bounds by the goalkeeper. Halfway through the first overtime period, junior defenseman/midfielder Kyle Nuel lined up for the corner kick.
Nuel hit the ball to the far side of the net, where it connected with senior defenseman Evan Reed. Reed headed it into the back right corner of the net, propelling the Hens to a 3-2 victory on Sunday and keeping the team undefeated this season with a 2-0 record.
“We have to keep playing as a team,” Delgado said. “[...] We have to keep it simple with one to two touches each before passing it off. We also need to watch our backs when we are defending and we will be fine.”
Seattle scored the first goal of the contest less than three minutes into the game. However, Delgado responded later in the half with his third goal of the season. Less than 10 minutes later, Hens senior defender Prince Nartey gave Delaware its first lead of the game on a penalty kick. Delaware held Seattle scoreless until midway through the second half, which pushed the game into overtime.
Before the game, head coach Ian Hennessey said the team is in better shape than it was last year, when the Hens finished with an overall record of 4-11-4.
“I was very excited about last year, and then we were absolutely devastated by injuries,”
Hennessy said. “[…] We have healthy bodies now, and I am as excited as I was two years ago when we won the conference championship.”
The Hens will return eight seniors this season and added six freshman recruits to the roster as well.
Senior defender Mark Garrity, who is also the captain, said the team has improved from a year ago.
“We had a lot of injuries, and we didn’t have that much depth last season,” Garrity said. “Now, we have a lot of new guys that really add to the depth of the roster.”
Hennessy said the team’s goal is to get back to the playoffs and more importantly, to win the conference championship. Garrity and the seven other seniors on the team won the championship in 2011 but suffered through a 4-11-4 year last season.
Hennessy said he does not feel pressured by the lack of success the previous year.
“I am very happy with our preparation,” he said. “We are so far ahead this year than before, and it’s great that we haven’t had to spend any time getting the new kids in shape. They came in to the program already prepared and fit.”
Narty said the team must keep the same mentality they have had so far this season.
“We give it our best everyday in practice and that is really showing in our games,” he said. “We give everything we have and may the best team win.”
Delaware takes on Manhattan College on Friday at 7:30.