Asante, Delgado Lead Delaware to 2-1 Overtime Win at Hofstra; Blue Hens Secure Playoff Spot
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The University of Delaware’s men’s soccer team clinched a spot in the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament thanks to a 2-1 overtime win over Hofstra Sunday afternoon at the HU Soccer Stadium.
Delaware finishes the 2013 regular season with a record of 13-4 overall and a 4-3 CAA mark while Hofstra falls to 8-6-3 (2-3-2 CAA).
The Blue Hens, who can finish no lower than fifth in the CAA standings, still have the chance to host a first-round CAA match at Delaware Mini-Stadium Saturday, Nov. 9, but their fate depends on the three conferences contests that will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Delaware, will play in the CAA Tournament for the third time in four years and will be looking to reclaim the championship title the team won during the 2011 season.
Freshman Guillermo Delgado proved to be the difference yet again for Delaware as the forward tallied the game-winning goal seven minutes into overtime. Delgado beat a Pride defender on the end line, giving him a one-on-one opportunity with Hofstra keeper Roberto Pellegrini. Delgado executed the opportunity perfectly, placing a shot into the far right of the net to lead Delaware to its second overtime victory of the season.
Senior Ben Asante put Delaware up 1-0 in the 66th minute when he found the back of the net off a header from eight yards out after a pass from tri-captain Roberto Giménez(above right). The goal is the first of the season for Asante while the assist marks Giménez’s sixth of the year.
The Blue Hens did not hold the 1-0 lead for long as Hofstra scored a goal of its own just four minutes later. Tyler Bottle scored the game-tying goal in the 70h as he headed a corner kick from Chris Griebsch.
Delaware and Hofstra played evenly throughout the remaining 20 minutes of regulation but the Blue Hens executed its scoring chances first to win in overtime.
Junior Borja Barbero (left) had another impressive game in net for the Hens as he registered a season and game-high nine saves and earned his 12th win of the season.
“Today was a terrific day for the program with 13 wins for the season and a place at the top of the CAA for the first time,” said head coach Ian Hennessy. “It would be a real disappointment for me and the lads if we are not also a heavy conversation piece as an at large team in the NCAA draw in a week or so. But we shall see.”
Delaware will await its fate in the CAA Tournament until Wednesday evening. The Blue Hens currently sit in first place with 12 points but Drexel has 11 points and William & Mary, UNC Wilmington, and Northeastern, all sit with 10 points with one game to play each.
- Delgado’s score is his 13th of the season. The freshman leads the Blue Hens in goals and points (31)
- Delaware's two goals gave the 2013 squad 41 for the season, breaking the school record for goals scored in a season (40 in 2011)
- Delaware and Hofstra each registered 15 shots and seven corners
- The Blue Hens are just one victory away from tying the program record for wins in a season of 14 set in 2011