Men’s soccer downs Manhattan 3-2, remains undefeated
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 21:09
Although the game started late due to the women’s soccer team taking an overtime victory earlier in the day, the Delaware men’s soccer team took it in stride as the Hens claimed a 3-2 victory over Manhattan Friday at the Delaware Mini-Stadium.
Head coach Ian Hennessy said the team has had a good run this season.
“This is the first 3-0 start at Delaware in 27 years,” Hennessy said.
As has come to be expected of the Hens offense as of late, the team began the contest by aggressively attacking the opponent’s goal, which led to the team’s first goal six minutes into the game.
Sophomore center midfielder Ben Sampson had the opening goal of the game off of a corner kick to the back post. With the goalie on the other side of the net, Sampson was able to touch the ball when it landed at his feet.
Later in the second-half, with the Hens up 3-1, Sampson made a long back pass to his goalie, which was immediately intercepted and led to a goal against the Hens, making the score 3-2. After the game Sampson said he should have struck the ball more forcefully to ensure it made its way past the defender.
“I give credit to him,” Sampson said. “He was in a good spot and he capitalized on that opportunity.”
CAA rookie of the week Guillermo Delgado missed a few shots, but scored a goal in the 2nd half after a one-on-one with the opposing goalie.
Delgado said he sometimes overshoots the goal because he is trying to find the balance between power and touch.
“I’m trying to increase my probability of scoring by trying and trying,” Delgado said. “It may have gone high this time, but I’ll correct it next time. That’s why I got my goal here.”
Having recorded at four goals in the team’s first three games, Delgado is the leading scorer for the Hens and garnered CAA Rookie of the Week honors. This marks the second consecutive season the Hens have had a freshman earn the award.
“My personal goal is to help the team, and that’s by scoring as many possible goals as I can,” Delgado said.
Delgado had seven shots on goal in the game, one of which connected. Hennessy said the team’s shot-to-goal ratio is good, but it needs improvement.