Delaware Menís Soccer to Host First-Ever CAA Tournament Quarterfinal Match
NEWARK, Del. – After waiting patiently for three days, the University of Delaware men’s soccer team has finally received the news it was hoping for. For the first time in program history, the Blue Hens will host a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) first-round match at Delaware Mini-Stadium.
The Blue Hens will host the Northeastern Huskies in the second quarterfinal matchup of the tournament, Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
With 12 points, Delaware will be the fourth seed of the post-season tournament. Drexel, who won the regular season championship, will host the final four matches of the CAA Tournament. UNC Wilmington and William & Mary both ended the regular season tied with 13 points, however, UNCW wins the tie breaker to be seeded third with Northeastern serving as the fifth seed. The Pride of Hofstra will be the last team to earn a tournament berth and will receive the sixth seed.
“We have never hosted a CAA post-season game here in the history of the program, and to say the lads are excited to welcome the defending league champions is an understatement,” said Delaware eighth year head coach Ian Hennessy. “I am hopeful that our fan base can come support the nation’s highest scoring soccer team for one last time on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m.”
In the regular season, No. 5 Northeastern earned a 2-0 victory over No. 4 Delaware at Parson’s Field in Brookline, Mass.
The Blue Hens made their last CAA post-season tournament appearance in 2011. Delaware, which was also ranked fourth in 2011, went on to win the CAA Championship and earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Hens defeated University of Virginia, 2-1 in overtime in the 1st round of NCAA’s before falling to top-seeded UCLA, 1-0 in the second round.
Admission will be free to Saturday evening’s match.
The upcoming weekend will be filled with excitement on the University of Delaware campus. The Hens football program is hosting CAA rival William & Mary, Saturday, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m.. The Delaware field hockey earned its first CAA regular season championship and will host the conference tournament on Friday, Nov. 8 and Sunday, Nov. 10.
“It is probably the most exciting home weekend I have ever been part of at UD with ourselves, field hockey, and football all vying for NCAA slots,” said Hennessy.