Amber, Pa. - The University of Delaware women's soccer team won its fourth consecutive match Sunday afternoon at Ambler Field as the Blue Hens topped the Temple Owls, 2-1.

The hard fought and evenly played contest favored Delaware thanks to a two goal second half. Senior captain Shannon Kearney (bottom right) registered the first Blue Hen goal in the 51th minute of play. Kearney has scored a goal in Delaware's last two contests and leads the Blue Hen squad goals (4) and points (9). The first Delaware score was assisted by freshman Natalie Zelenky.

Delaware's second tally was scored by senior midfielder Dianna Marinaro. The unassisted goal was scored in the 60th minute of the contest and is Marinaro's first of the season.

Temple got on the board in the 68th minute of play, but the Blue Hens stifled the Owls comeback effort to earn the victory.

Senior goalkeeper Jessica Levy earned her fourth straight win between the posts. Levy stopped four of five shots she faced and now holds a 5-3 record.

"We played a great 90 minutes today with two great goals," said head coach Scott Grzenda. "Shannon and Di finished well with everyone else contributing though out the game. Temple put us under pressure towards the end of the game, but I am glad with how we responded and very happy to earn the win. The new season beings this Thursday and we will work hard to prepare for Towson."

With the victory, Delaware improves to 5-4 while handing Temple its third loss of the season.

Hen Scratchings

  • Zelenky ranks second on the team in points (6) and assists (2)
  • Kearney has now scored 11 career goals for the Blue Hens
  • So far this season, Delaware has outshot it's opponents 109-86
  • The Blue Hens have won five of six games in the month of September
  • Delaware begins conference play Thursday, Sept. 26 with a 1 p.m. match at Towson