Blue Hens Snap No. 7 UMBC's 18 Game Unbeaten Streak in 1-0 Triumph
BALTIMORE, Md. – The University of Delaware men's soccer team earned its biggest win of the 2013 campaign when the Blue Hens defeated No. 7 UMBC, 1-0 at Retriever Soccer Park Tuesday evening.
The win over the Retrievers is believed to be the program's first-ever win over an opponent ranked in the national top-10 and its first over a Top 20 team since Nov. 13, 2011 when the Hens defeated then No. 18 Old Dominion 2-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship game.
Delaware, which won its fifth straight game to improve to 8-1, is off to its best start in program history.
In the 106th minute of the second overtime period, sophomore forward Joe Dipre found the back of the net after his first shot of the game deflected off an UMBC defender. Dipre's goal was unassisted and marks his fifth goal and second game-winning goal of the season.
Guillermo Delgado led the Blue Hens with three shots. The Delaware defensive unit was led by junior keeper Borja Barbero who tallied six saves in his third shutout of the season. Barbero now owns a 7-1 overall record with 28 saves this season.
Delaware handed UMBC its first loss of the 2013 campaign and snapped an 18-game unbeaten streak. The last time the Retrievers were shutout was on Nov. 18, 2012 in the second round of NCAA Tournament against top-seeded North Carolina. UMBC fell to 9-1 in 2013 with the loss.
"Today's game had a post-season feel to it," said Delaware head coach Ian Hennessy. "Yesterday the NCAA released the mid-season RPI and UMBC was listed third, so the motivation to win was easy to spark. The win will bring the program back into the national conversation so I am thrilled for the players and their efforts and commitments are bearing fruit with such a positive start."
- Tonight's win is the first time this season Delaware was outshot by its opponent
- The victory is the squad's first double overtime win in 2013
- Dipre has now scored three goals in two games for Delaware
- The game-winning goal is Dipre's second in two games
- Delaware earned two corners against the Retrivers
- The Blue Hens open Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. when Delaware travels to James Madison