NEWARK, Del. --  The University of Delaware and Temple University battled to a 1-1 tie in men’s soccer Thursday afternoon at Stuart and Suzanne Grant Field.

The Blue Hens fell behind 1-0 in the in the 79th minute when Temple’s Thibault Candia shot a ball past Delaware (1-0-1) goalkeeper Todd Morton.

Just four minutes later, the Blue Hens tied the game on freshman Ryan Petersons first career goal. The goal was set up by junior captain John Schroeder who made a perfect 75-yard run. Schroeder crossed a ball into the box, where Peterson alertly fired the ball into the back of the net.

The Blue Hens and Owls (1-1-1) both had chances in the two 10-minute overtime periods, before the game ended in a draw.

Morton made six saves for the Blue Hens, who were outshot by TU 13-8. The Blue Hens attempted 10 corners to Temple’s six.

Head Coach Ian Hennessy:
“I’m proud of the way we battled against a Temple team that was better than we were today,” the coach said. “We minimized their good chances, and in the end I’m happy with the result. We have an extremely young and inexperienced team, and the injuries are starting to mount a bit. So everybody needs to contribute. I thought today was important because it gave some of our younger guys a taste of Division One soccer in front of our home fans. We’re going to need these guys going forward, so I felt like it was a good time to get them into a game. We did it sooner rather than later, but I’m proud of the way they performed.”

On the three-game road trip against Holy Cross, Villanova and Seton Hall:
“The upcoming games are tough as we’re playing some of the top conferences in college soccer. Villanova of the BIG EAST and Holy Cross in the Patriot League are two extremely talented teams. There’s no easy games for us in the next two weeks.”

Forward Ryan Peterson:
“In the first half things really weren’t going our way, and I was disappointed in the way I played. The rest of the team was disappointed in our collective efforts. We came out in the second half and started to pick up our tempo. When we fell behind a goal we really tried to open up and attack their goal. I saw John get down the flank [on the goal] like he’s been doing for us and I knew he was going to try and give me a chance. I was able to collect his ball on the back post and put the ball into the net. A couple of guys went down with injuries throughout the game, but I think it was a good chance to get some fresh legs in, which helped us continue to be able to push, ultimately scoring the goal.”

Defender and Houston native John Schroeder:
“Right now is definitely an emotional time for me and my family,” he said. “It’s hard to see so many people going through such tough times. Personally I know how physically and emotionally draining and damaging hurricanes can be, having lived through both Ike and Hurricane Katrina. Soccer’s a huge outlet for me, and our Delaware community has really helped me feel safe and a part of a family. You feel the love of the community and it’s uplifting. I’m safe here and fortunately my family and friends are too. Just to hear and see that people are here for you and want to help. It’s very uplifting and positive.”

On his quick start:
“My first two season’s here at Delaware have been really successful individually and collectively. I never want to be complacent, and that’s why I have a coaching staff here and teammates that always want to push me and help me get better. For me it was big to play over the summer because that helped me stay in shape. Any time away from the game, the eye was on this fall. I knew I’d have a bigger leadership role as a captain, but also on the field as Ian [and the coaching staff] needed to make some tactical changes. The changes have given me a lot more freedom to attack. He encourages me to take players on and create more attacking opportunities. There’s not much more you could ask for in a coach. It’s a blessing that he encourages and supports us attacking. We haven’t lost at home yet and we just need to keep this going.”

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