Blue Hens Pick Up First CAA Win of the Season with 2-1 Victory at James Madison
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The University of Delaware men's soccer team earned its first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) win of the 2013 season this evening as the Blue Hens beat the James Madison Dukes 2-1 at University Park soccer complex.
Freshman midfielder Jaime Martinez led the Blue Hens with a goal and an assist in Delaware's sixth straight victory. The multi-point performance is the third of Martinez's rookie campaign.
Martinez scored the opening goal of the contest in the sixth minute of the first half when he headed a perfect cross from junior Kyle Nuel on the first Blue Hen corner of the game. The goal is the fourth of the year for the forward and the assist marks the third for Nuel.
In the 77th of the match, senior tri-captain Roberto Giménez put Delaware up 2-0 after scoring his first goal of the season. Martinez found Gimenez on through ball and the forward found the back of the net on the far post. The assist is Martinez's fourth this season.
JMU responded with a goal of its own five minutes later, but the Blue Hens stifled the Dukes' comeback effort to earn their first conference win.
Reigning CAA Player of the Week Borja Barbero (at right) earned the win for Delaware in net to improve to 8-1. The junior allowed one goal on four shots against JMU. Barbero has now allowed one or less goals in six games this season.
"I give credit to these young men for being able to find the motivation and intensity levels with this many games so close to each other," said Delaware head coach Ian Hennessy. "With classes and exams at this time it is a challenge for any athlete to find the right level to focus to play and play well. I will say that playing tonight in JMU's $43 million soccer complex is intimidating as it is, helped lift our spirits, the facility is that good. I am delighted to have our captain Roberto back in goal scoring form. His presence and composure was a positive for us in maintaining our unbeaten streak."
The Blue Hens are now 9-1and 1-0 in CAA play this season while James Madison falls to 4-5-1 overall and 0-2 in conference action.
- The Blue Hens continue their best start in Delaware program history
- In nine games, Delaware has outscored its opponents 26-12
- Martinez ranks second on the team in points with 12
- Barbero has registered 31 saves this season
- Delaware returns to the pitch Sunday, Oct. 13 when the Blue Hens host College of Charleston at 1:30 p.m.
- Sunday's game marks the first program meeting of the squads