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Blue Hens celebrate last Saturday after Roberto Giménez's game-winning penalty kick score.
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No. 4 Blue Hens to Face No. 1 Dragons in CAA Semifinals

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 11/14/2013
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CAA Tournament Semifinal
No. 4 Delaware vs. No. 1 Drexel
Drexel: 8-7-3 (4-1-2 CAA)
Delaware: 14-4-0 (4-3-0 CAA)
Nov. 14 • 7:00 p.m.
Vidas Field • Philadelphia, Pa.

Last Meeting                                                                                                           
On Oct. 19, Delaware dropped its first home match of the 2013 season to Drexel, 2-1. Freshman Guillermo Delgado found the back of the net in the 69th minute of the match to bring the Blue Hens within one goal of Drexel. Senior defender Price Nartey tallied the assist of Delgado’s score but the single goal was not enough for the Blue Hens.

Drexel took an early lead over the Blue Hens when Michele Pataia scored his first goal of the season at 18:18 of the first half. Skylar Olson registered the only assist on the Dragons first goal.

The Dragons second goal came with 22:33 remaining in the match. Nathan Page tallied his fourth goal of the season for Drexel to give the Dragons a two-goal advantage.

Delgado’s tally came less than three minutes later but Delaware could not overcome the one goal deficit to have its comeback effort stifled by the Dragons in the 2-1 loss.

Last Time Out                                                        
Junior tri-captain Roberto Giménez of the University of Delaware men’s soccer team led the Blue Hens to a 1-0 double overtime victory over defending Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) champion Northeastern Saturday night at Delaware Mini-Stadium as he tallied on a penalty kick in the quarterfinals of the CAA Tournament.

After both teams played over 105 minutes throughout four frames of scoreless soccer, Delaware finally received the break its was looking for the entire match. Giménez had a great breakaway run for Delaware in the 106th minute and was fouled hard in the box by a Husky defender, giving Giménez the opportunity to win the match for Delaware on a penalty kick. Giménez took full advantage of the opportunity, ripping the penalty kick into the right side of the net past NU goalkeeper Dylan Faber to set off a wild Delaware celebration.

Hens Return to CAA Championship
                       
For the third time in the past four seasons, Delaware men’s soccer team has returned to the CAA Championship. The Blue Hens look to win their second CAA title in three years

2010 CAA Tournament (at Wilmington, N.C.)
Quarterfinals
No. 3 Hofstra d. No. 2 VCU, 2-1
No. 1 William & Mary d. No. 4 Delaware, 1-0 (2OT)

2011 CAA Tournament (at Harrionsburg, Va.)
Quarterfinals
No. 6 Georgia State d. No. 3 William & Mary, 2-1
No. 4 Delaware tied No. 5 Northeastern, 0-0 (2OT)
                (Delaware advaces on PK’s, 4-3)
Semifinals
No. 2 Old Dominion d. No. 6 Georgia State, 5-3
No. 4 Delaware tied No. 1 James Madison, 2-2 (2OT)
                (Delaware advances on PK’s, 5-4)
Championship
No. 4 Delaware d. No. 2 Old Dominion, 2-1

Lucky Number Four                                           
The previous two times Delaware men’s soccer team earned a CAA Tournament berth, they were seeded No. 4. This year the Hens also received a fourth seed. The last time Delaware was seeded fourth it went on to win a first round match over UVA in the NCAA Tournament.

All Roads Go Through Philadephia                     
For the second consecutive year, all roads to an NCAA Tournament automatic berth will go through Philadelphia as Drexel won its second regular season title in two years. The Dragons earned the No. 1 seed with a 4-1-2 CAA record in 2013.

Hens on National Scene                                    
Delaware is currently ranked 27th in the NCAA Ranking Percentage Index (RPI). The RPI rankings consist of three factors: Division I winning percentage, strength of schedule and opponent’s strength of schedule. RPI is used by the NCAA when evaluating teams for postseason selection.

Delaware currently leads in the nation in goals (42) while ranking second in points (123) and points per game (6.83) and third in scoring offense (2.33 goals per game)    

Going Streaking                                                  
During the 2013 season, Delaware owned an impressive seven game win-streak between the months of September and October. Throughout the win streak, the Hens shutout their opponents five times and outscored their opponents, 14-2.

Rewriting the Record Books                                         
The 2013 Delaware team has esentially rewrote the Delaware team records for a single season. This year’s squad has set a new program record for regular season wins (14), goals in a season (42) and most corner kicks in a season (131). The Hens are only three assists away from break the program record for assists in a season. This year, Delaware has also recorded the best turn around in program history after going 4-10-4 in 2012. The Hens are on are pace to record the best record in the program’s 87 year history.

Senior Vincent Mediate will break the program record for career games played in Thursday’s match against Drexel. When Mediate returns to the pitch for the CAA semifinal, he will have played in his 75th career game in a Delaware uniform.

All-CAA Honors
Rookie of the Year: Guillermo Delgado; First Team: Guillermo Delgado, Borja Barbero; Second Team: Roberto Giménez, Vincent Mediate; Third Team: Ignacio Martín; All-Rookie Team: Guillermo Delgado, Jaime Martinez, Ben Sampson; All-Academic: Luke Oostdyk


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