NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware women’s soccer team turned in its most dominant performance of the season Sunday afternoon, defeating UNCW 2-0 at Stuart and Suzanne Grant Stadium.

The Blue Hens (5-6-2, 2-2 CAA) took the early advantage just three minutes into the match when sophomore forward Jillian Vassallo found a streaking Andrea Gunderson in the box. Gunderson took the perfect cross and drilled a shot into the top of the net. Just 30 minutes later, freshman Gabby Johnson scored her team-leading third goal of the season when Michelle Burnett found the freshman deep inside the UNCW (5-7-2, 1-2-1 CAA) 18-yard box.

Delaware rode the two early goals to the finish line, as the Hens dropped the Seahawks 2-0. Senior Kailyn Rekos earned her second shutout of the season, recording four saves.  

Senior Andrea Gunderson:

“Scoring today was a pretty awesome feeling. I’m just happy I could put the ball into the back of the net and get the momentum started for our team. That was something we talked about, starting quickly so we can pressure our opponents. We’ve made a few tactical changes this season with the new coaching staff. We have a new style of play, but more importantly a new mentality. They pushed us from the start of training and into the season. I think that’s allowing us to push ourselves even further and put the ball into the back of the net.”

On moving up in the CAA:

“I think today sets us on a good path, but we just raised the bar and set the new standard. Today’s result shows what we can do over the remaining five matches of the season. We now just have to keep raising the bar over the next five games.”

Head Coach Mike Barroqueiro:

“I thought the girls worked really hard today. I thought we played really good soccer. It was a great response by the girls, especially in the first half. In the second half, we knew that we were going to have to grind out results in this league. I thought the girls did a really good job of adjusting the style, grinding out the result.”

On Gunderson:

“Gunny is one of those people that when you talk about facilitating change she’s been at the forefront. I think it definitely doesn’t happen without the whole senior class, Gunny included. She’s the heart and soul of this team. For her to get on the scoresheet was poetic justice. She does so many things for this team that don’t show up on stat sheets.”

On closing out CAA play:

“We like playing at home. We have a great stadium. It’s a great place to play, and it’s a great atmosphere. The girls are always excited when they get a chance to play here. Drexel is a really good opponent so it’s going to be another tough game. We’re going to have to bring good quality to the game and we’re going to need to grind out another result. No games are going to be easy going forward.”

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