NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware men’s soccer program dropped a 1-0 contest Saturday night to Elon University at Stuart & Suzanne Grant Stadium in the season finale.

The Blue Hens (5-7-4, 2-4-2 Colonial Athletic Association) had their chances but could not connect as Elon goalie Matthew Jegier made four saves in addition to two saves by the Phoenix defense. The win earned Elon (7-4-6, 3-2-3 CAA) one of six spots in the upcoming CAA Tournament while Delaware was knocked out of playoff contention.

In the 14th-minute of the game, Delaware freshman Noa Benninga sent a dangerous corner kick toward the back post. The ball continued to travel towards the back of the net until it was cleared off the line by an Elon defender.

Delaware's best chance occurred deep into the second half when Fede Prieto rocketed a shot that a Phoenix defender just cleared off the goal-line before it reached the back of the net.

Elon eventually took the lead in the 75th-minute when Amir Berkane slipped a penalty kick past UD goalie Todd Morton. The penalty kick was awarded after the Hens were whistled for a foul in the box. 

Delaware outshot Elon 15-8 and attempted seven corner kicks to the Phoniex's one. Morton made a pair of saves for Delaware.  

The Blue Hens honored senior captains Carlos Perales and Thibault Philippe in a pregame ceremony.  

Head Coach Ian Hennessy:
“First, I want to thank and congratulate both Carlos and Thibault for four excellent seasons here at Delaware. Those guys were a part of some great memories here, going to three straight CAA championship games, and the NCAA Tournament a season ago. I’m disappointed for them but thankful and grateful for all that they have done for the University of Delaware and this program. In terms of the match, I am disappointed. We knew it was going to be a tight game that would come down to one moment. I think our effort was strong until we entered the 18-yard box, where we just didn’t have the quality to finish on a couple of occasions. All the credit goes to Elon for coming in here and picking up the result they needed. They deserve credit for that.”

On his team learning from this season:
“There’s a lot of different ways that you can learn from adversity, and I hope our guy's process this whole season and understand that every idea, every pass, every touch matters. At this level, in order to beat good teams like Elon and Duke, you cannot rely on anything but quality.”

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