Blue Hens Drop 2-1 Heartbreaker to UNCW on Senior Night
NEWARK, Del. - The University of Delaware men’s soccer team dropped a heartbreaking 2-1 match to UNC Wilmington Saturday evening on Senior Night at Delaware Mini-Stadium.
With the loss, Delaware has now dropped three-straight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) contests.
Tri-captain Roberto Giménez scored the lone Blue Hen goal of the night. In the 70th minute of the match, freshman Guillermo Delgado fed Giménez with a breakaway pass allowing a one-on-one opportunity with the UNCW keeper. Giménez finished into the left side of the cage to tie the contest, 1-1.
Gimenez tied the contest after UNCW scored in the 19th minute of action to give the Seahawks an early 1-0 advantage over Delaware. Colin Bonner scored his third goal of the season for UNCW after a pass from Jacob VanCompernolle.
The Blue Hens and Seahawks played tied 1-1 for 16 minutes of the second half until UNCW scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute. Mateo Cardona blasted a free kick from 20 yards out into the top left corner to lead the Seahawks to victory.
Junior keeper Borja Barbero earned the start between the posts for the Hens. Borbero registered fives saves in his fourth loss of the season. He now owns a 10-4-0 overall record. Three of his four losses have come in CAA play.
“You would always like to send your seniors out on a high note and I felt we did enough tonight, particularly in the second half, to warrant the victory,” said Delaware head coach Ian Hennessy. “However, credit must go to a world class free kick from UNCW to win the game as the clock drew down. We are now in a must-win scenario with our last home game Wednesday against nationally named William & Mary”
Delaware is now 11-4 overall this season with a 2-3 CAA record. The Seahawks own an 8-5-1 overall record, going 3-2-1 in conference play.
• Freshman Kaz Boschen started in his second-straight match for the Blue Hens
• Delgado registered his fourth assist of the season against UNCW
• Despite the loss, Delaware outshot UNCW 15-12 in the match
•Barbero’s five saves marked a match-high
• Delaware returns to action Wednesday, Oct. 30 when the Hens host CAA foe William & Mary at 7 p.m.