NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware turned in a complete performance Monday night, downing Bryant University 2-0 at Grant Field.

In the season opening victory the Blue Hens (1-0) received major contributions up and down the roster. Senior captain Thibault Philippe registered a penalty kick goal, while fellow captain John Schroeder tallied an assist. New Blue Hen Chad Poarch added his first career goal, while Chad Morton tallied another clean sheet.

Delaware dominated possession in the second half, outshooting Bryant (0-2) 12-7.

In the 16th minute, Philippe converted a penalty kick, after the Bulldogs were whistled for a hand ball. The goal gave Delaware an early 1-0 lead.

After the goal neither team was able to find the back of the net for the remainder of the half, and Delaware retained its 1-0 lead.

 The Blue Hens doubled their lead in the 55th minute when Schroeder made a beautiful run from his right-back spot. The junior crossed a perfect ball into the box, where Poarch was able to alertly slide in and direct the ball into the back of the net.

In goal, redshirt junior Todd Morton made a pair of saves for the Blue Hens, recording his 12th career clean-sheet.

Head Coach Ian Hennessy:
“I’m very happy for all of the guys because we have a lot of new faces, and you never know how that might go,” the head coach said. “We’ve been working extremely hard, and I’m very satisfied with the way they played tonight, recording a shutout against a quality Bryant team.”

On Poarch making an impact in his first career game:
“For center-forwards it’s all about confidence and goals give you confidence,” the coach added. “For him to score now both in the preseason and the regular season, I’m sure he’ll be very happy to start on a positive note.”

On moving ahead to Thursday’s match versus Temple:
“Going forward we’re going to have to improve on our rhythm, and continue to find our guys in open space. We need to continue to learn our own tendencies. Temple is a good team being from the American Conference. They’ve had a tough start to the season but I’m sure they’re going to try and change that Thursday afternoon.”

On the second goal setup by John Schroeder:
“John has continued to grow as player throughout his time here at Delaware,” he concluded. “We gave him a new role this year where we’re requiring him to cover a lot more ground. I think eventually he’ll be a professional player. Tonight again, I thought people saw the polish that he has.”

Delaware native Chad Poarch on scoring in his UD debut:
“It feels great to score in my first game here at Delaware,” the Middletown, Del. native said. “We talk about possession and moving the ball from side-to-side. I think tonight we did that well. It was great to get the first goal, and it feels great to represent my hometown and Delaware. So far it’s been great to bond with the team and they’ve been great to me so far. Everything’s been good.”

Defender Thibault Philippe:
“It’s great to start with a goal and a win. We have a lot of new guys coming in, and our goal is do better than last season’s [NCAA Tournament First Round loss to Providence]. Tonight I think we lost our identity a bit in terms of the way we played last year. In the second half I thought we were better in terms of keeping possession.”

 Delaware won its season opener for the fifth consecutive season.
 The Blue Hens improved to 8-4 all-time in season openers under Hennessy.
 Morton recorded his 20th career victory tonight, and he currently needs just five more victories to become the winningest goalie in program history. His 12 career shutouts are the fourth most in program history. He needs just three more to move into second place all-time.
• Philippe recorded his third career game-winning goal.
 Poarch, a Delaware native, scored his first career goal at Delaware.

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