Delaware Plays to 0-0 Draw with Drexel; Just Misses CAA Tournament Berth
PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Delaware women’s soccer squad battled Colonial Athletic Association rival Drexel hard for 110 minutes Sunday afternoon, but neither team could reach the back of the net and the Blue Hens had to settle for the 0-0 draw at Vidas Field.
The Blue Hens, who needed a win to earn a spot in next week’s six-team CAA Tournament field, fell just short as their 10 points in league play fell just two shy of the sixth place finish they needed.
Delaware ends the season with an overall mark of 4-13-1 and a conference mark of 3-5-1 to finish eighth in the standings. The Blue Hens, who defeated regular season champion Northeastern 2-1 back on Sept. 23 and tied league runner-up Drexel, failed to advance to the tournament for just the second time in the last six seasons.
“This was such a hard game to take,” said veteran Delaware head coach Scott Grzenda, who has led 14 of his teams to postseason play. “To play and compete so well and just miss the result you needed is tough on everyone. It’s so hard to say goodbye to such a great group of seniors. They’ve had success on the field and in the classroom and we wish them every happiness in the future.”
Drexel (8-6-4, 4-2-3 CAA), which stumbled to a mark of 0-1-3 over its final four regular season games, still managed to earn the No. 2 seed for upcoming CAA Tournament.
The Dragons outshot the Hens by a wide 22-11 margin Sunday but Delaware got an outstanding game in goal from junior Kailyn Rekos, who turned back nine shots to keep the Hens in the game. She finished with a league-high 110 saves on the season, the second highest total in UD history and most since Melissa Kulp had a school-record 152 in 1996.
• Delaware went 1-3-1 in overtime games during the season
• The 13 losses is the most in a season for Delaware, surpassing the 5-12-1 mark in 1998. The Blue Hens bounced back and advanced to the league semifinals the following year
• The tie was Delaware’s only draw of the season and first in 25 games since a 1-1 tie with Towson on Oct. 4, 2015
• The game marked the Hens first scoreless tie since an 0-0 deadlock vs. Drexel in Philadelphia on Oct. 4, 2014
• The seven senior who closed out their UD careers were Carolyn Seltzer, Michelle McEnroe, Nikki Adams, Mikala Kin, Natalie Zelenky, Madison Brosler, and Mary Aleixo. Zelenky closed her career as Delaware’s No. 6 all-time career goal scorer with 25
Scoring Summary: None; Shots - Delaware - 11, Drexel - 22; Corner Kicks: Delaware - 5, Drexel - 7; Saves: Delaware - 9 (Kailyn Rekos), Drexel - 6 (Katie Sia, 45 min., 0 goals, 1 save; Christiana Ogunsami, 65 min., 0 goals, 5 saves); Fouls: Delaware - 8, Drexel - 9; Attendance: 417.
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