NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware women’s soccer program celebrated senior night in style Friday night, defeating La Salle University 1-0 at Stuart and Suzanne Grant Stadium.

The Blue Hens received the golden goal two minutes into overtime when Jillian Vassallo drilled a rising shot from 16-yards out into the left-hand side of the net. The goal was her second of the year and her team-leading fifth point of the season. 

Delaware (3-3-2) honored eight seniors before the game, as Michelle Burnett, Ari Fryer, Andrea Gunderson, Nicole Liotta, Kailyn Rekos, Krista Trinidad, Gina Tricocci and Abby Thomas all received recognition during the ceremony.

Rekos recorded two saves to preserve the shutout for the Blue Hens. In total Delaware outshot La Salle (5-2-1) by a 9-6 margin.

Head Coach Mike Barroqueiro:
“La Salle is a great team, and they’re really well coached. I think Paul Royal is one of the best coaches in the country. We knew that they were going to be prepared and hard to play against. We challenged our girls to be better in terms of possession than we were against Penn. We wanted them to be more physical and more willing to deal with the physical aspects of the game. I thought we did both of those things tonight, so I was happy. La Salle definitely had their chances toward the end of regulation, but I thought we had chances too. I thought both teams were really good tonight and were going at each other. I felt like it was fairly even. Once we get to overtime right now we have so much confidence, and that’s a great time to have confidence. Jill scored a great goal tonight. She’s good around the goal and we know that. Being able to release her and get her to go a bit higher and get her closer to the goal was a big part of what we were trying to do. We talked to her before the overtime about trying to get a bit higher. She did a great job tonight.”

On the seniors:
“I think right now the product on the field is a different product. It’s a changed product. We don’t have that without the senior class. They were integral to us building a program here. They bought into what we were trying to do since day one and they’ve been amazing. There’s nothing I can say that can properly express how I feel about those kids, how much they’ve given us over the nine months. It’s been a short amount of time, but it’s been a lot of heart and a lot of hard work. They’ve been unbelievable.”

On No. 20 Princeton:
“Princeton is going to be a great test for us. They are a really good team and another team that’s unbelievably well coached, and that’s top-20 in the country. Their ranking is very much deserved. This team has always stepped up to the challenges, and I’m excited to see what we do against a good team. We’re a motivated team right now, so that can be a strong thing.”

Sophomore forward Jillian Vassallo:
“I think everyone comes out fired up and ready to go when we play at home, especially when it’s a night game under the lights. I think everyone just gets up for overtime. We’ve had a lot of overtime games so it’s kind of ‘our thing’, and we’re comfortable playing in them. We really pick up the energy in overtime. All it takes is just one goal, and we got the win tonight. It’s huge to have people come off the bench and give a good effort and make big plays. It’s great to have a deep bench that we can count on and draw upon. We know that we can trust everyone on the team.”

On the group of seniors:
“I think every single senior has provided a huge amount of leadership this season. Everyone looks up to them, and we’re all really close. I think the bond we share with the senior’s motivated us to play hard for them and to make this day special for them.”

On the next week:  
“I think Sunday would be a big win for us if we can come out and play hard. It’d be a really big step for us. Thursday a win would be a big step because it’s the first game of our conference season. We’re looking to take it one game at a time. Hopefully, we’ll get another couple of wins.”

HEN SCRATCHINGS:
Delaware improves to 2-1 at home this season, with both victories coming in extra-time.
• The Blue Hens are now 3-1-2 in overtime this season.
• Each of Delaware’s eight games thus far has been decided by one goal.
• UD has played six overtime games through the first eight games.  
• Delaware’s next victory will equal the win total from a season ago.
• Rekos recorded her eighth career shutout and first of the season.
• Vassallo scored her third career goal and now has a team-best five points.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Bold Games at Stuart and Suzanne Grant Stadium):
• Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at No. 20 Princeton, 4 p.m.
• Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, vs. Hofstra, 7 p.m.
• Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, at Towson, 1 p.m.

MEDIA INFORMATION: Contact Andrew Stern | Anwstern@udel.edu | Office: 302-831-6519 | Cell: 914-589-9666