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NEWARK, Del. -- Freshmen Riley Dixon and Olivia Schuck led the University of Delaware women’s soccer team to a 2-1 come-from-behind double overtime victory over Lehigh University Sunday afternoon at Stuart and Suzanne Grant Stadium.

On Sunday the Blue Hens (2-2-1) fell behind 1-0 to Lehigh (2-2-1), allowing a 50th minute goal to senior Amanda Stratton.

The match remained 1-0 until the 73rd minute when Jessica Kennett sent a perfect corner kick into the box that found a streaking Schuck, who calmly deposited the ball into the back of the net.

Both Delaware and Lehigh had chances to score during both the remainder of regulation and the first overtime period, but nothing amounted for either side.

In the second overtime period, Delaware found the ‘golden goal’ it was looking when Krista Trinidad found Dixon, who rocketed home a shot from about 20-yards away.

Goalkeeper Kailyn Rekos looked sharp in the net, registering four saves. The senior has allowed just one goal in three consecutive matches.

The Blue Hens have secured back to back victories and are unbeaten in their past three matches. The Hens return to action this Friday, Sept. 8 at 4 p.m. at UMass.

Head Coach Mike Barroqueiro:
“This is a hard working group, and I think when you hang your hat on your work ethic good results tend to follow,” head coach Mike Barroquiero said. “We’re starting to understand what it takes to win, so I’m proud of them for that. I think for our group it was always going to be about learning how to win games. Learning how to compete regardless of the adversity we face. Again I love the fact that we won the game today. I love the fact that we went down 1-0 and we found a way to come back and tie the game, keeping our composure before we won it in overtime. I think that’s really telling about this group. This group is maturing as competitors quickly.”

On the freshman class:
“The freshman class has made an impact, on the field and off the field” the coach said. “So I’m really proud of them, because I think the hardest thing to do when you come in as a freshman is to transition into the game, and they’re doing it seamlessly. Olivia [Schuck] has been a rock star since the day she stepped foot on campus. She’s a very good player. All the freshman are stepping up. Riley had a great goal today and we know she can score goals. I’m very pleased with them, the work ethic and the mentality. I’m really pleased with the mentality.”

On the next match at UMass:  
“We know UMass can be a tough team, obviously going on the road to Massachusetts. We’re going to have to travel, and the field is going to be a little bit different. Right now our mentality is in a good place and I think we need to recognize that it’s going to be one of our strengths and feed off of it. The girls will be ready.”

Freshman Riley Dixon:
“Today’s win was much needed, and we’ve been working really hard. We’re executing exactly what we’ve been practicing so it’s nice to earn the win today. I think as a group we’re all the freshman are impactful. We arrived here not knowing a thing, but the upperclassmen have been doing a great job leading the way for us. Right now we’re taking what coach Mike [Barroqueiro] is telling us to do and applying it to the games. The upperclassmen are doing a good job of reinforcing what he wants us to do, which has allowed us to succeed. For me, I think it was mentally challenging early on. I’m playing attacking forward so I need to produce goals and assists for this team. I know we lost scoring from last year’s team, so I’m just trying to help replace that."

Delaware won back-to-back matches for the first time since last September 25-27.
The Blue Hens are now 2-1-1 this season in overtime.
Delaware has played three straight double overtime matches for the first time since 2004, and has won back-to-back double overtime matches for the first time in program history.
The Blue Hens are now 1-1-1 when conceding the opening goal of the match.
Dixon has tallied points in consecutive matches.

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