NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware men’s soccer team fell 3-1 to Penn Wednesday night at Stuart and Suzanne Grant Stadium. The setback snapped a three-match unbeaten streak for the Blue Hens.

Penn (2-6-1) struck first Wednesday as Jerel Blades scored just six minutes into the match. Delaware continued to dominate the possession in the first half, but a late set-piece goal by Erumuse Momoh gave the Quakers a 2-0 lead in the waning seconds of the half.  

Following the break, Delaware (5-3-2) made wholesale changes in order to try and find a spark as head coach Ian Hennessy replaced nine of the 11 field players.

The move paid early dividends, as freshman Mark Battle scored his first career goal just two minutes into the second half. The goal was assisted by fellow freshman Ryan Mertz and cut the Blue Hens deficit to just one goal.

The Hens and Quakers continue to battle, but a 70th-minute penalty kick goal gave Penn an insurmountable two-goal advantage.

The Blue Hens return to CAA play Saturday at 7:30 p.m. when they head to Long Island to face rival Hofstra.  

Head Coach Ian Hennessy:
“I thought our replacement guys were terrific in the second half, giving us a nice spark. I think the starters were looking ahead to the conference game this weekend, as that’s the only real path for us into the NCAA Tournament. I’m not sure if we showed up with the right mentality. I think that you saw limited chances tonight. Full credit to Penn, they took advantage of the mistakes we made. I just think we just not ready to play. Hopefully Saturday we’re in the right mindset. I think we need to talk about it and make sure the mentality returns. I think of all the things tonight the mentality was missing, as we just didn’t show up today. This isn’t uncommon to have a performance like this in the middle of the season as we have some heavy legs but Penn was battling some of the same things that we were. So credit to them for coming into a tough place and getting a result. We just need to get our mindset, attitude and focus right for what will be a huge game for us.”

Hen Scratchings

• Delaware falls to 0-2-2 against Penn all-time.
• The Blue Hens fall to 2-2-1 at Grant Stadium this season.
Kexx Camarco made his Blue Hens debut.
• Blai Palmi made his first appearance of the season in goal for Delaware
• Hens GK Todd Morton remains one win shy of tying the Delaware all-time career victory mark.

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