Blue Hens Menís Soccer Earns 3-1 Triumph Over No. 21 William & Mary
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware men’s soccer team earned its second victory over a nationally-ranked opponent this season as the Blue Hens upset No. 21 William & Mary 3-1 at Delaware Mini-Stadium Wednesday night.
Delaware (12-4, 3-3 CAA) posted its third Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) win of the year and stayed in the thick of the conference tournament race. Earlier this season, the Hens knocked off then No. 7 UMBC 1-0 back on Oct. 1.
Freshman Jaime Martinez led the Blue Hens to victory as he tallied his fifth multi-point match of his rookie campaign. The forward scored one goal and passed out one assist in Delaware’s upset of the Tribe.
Delaware tallied the opening goal of the match just 10 minutes into play. Tri-captain Roberto Giménez (at left) hit freshman Martinez with a quick pass that opened up the defense, allowing Martinez to find Vincent Mediate (below) sprinting down the right side of the field. Mediate controlled the pass from Martinez and placed a shot into the left side of the net from nine yards out to give the Blue Hens an early 1-0 advantage.
The next Delaware goal came in the 32nd minute of the first half when Martinez tallied a score of his own. Martinez picked off a W&M pass and dribbled half the field through multiple Tribe defenders and blasted a shot past W&M keeper Mac Williams to put the Hens up 2-0.
Less than two minutes later, William & Mary scored a goal of its own to come within one of Delaware. At the 33:57 mark, Chris Perez found the back of the net directly off a free kick from 20 yards out.
Just 10 minutes into the second half, the Hens added to their advantage after a goal by senior Mark Garrity (below). Giménez crossed a pass into the box to Guillermo Delgado. Delgado made a quick pass to Garrity who finished into the right side of the net.
Borja Barbero played phenomenally in net for the Hens as the junior registered just three saves but made numerous spectacular plays, halting William & Mary scoring opportunities. Tonight’s match marks the ninth time this season Barbero has allowed one or fewer goals this season.
“We had double incentive to play well tonight,” said Blue Hens head coach Ian Hennessy. “As we continue to search for a CAA playoff spot and also an NCAA at-large bid, it was easy to find motivation for this wonderful group of student-athletes. I felt the game was a great endorsement for college soccer with real creativity, pacem and terrific goals by both teams. William & Mary certainly showed us why they are ranked in the top-five percent of the nation's teams and tonight I felt we showed why we belong there.”
With the win, Delaware handed William & Mary (8-4, 3-2 CAA) just its fourth loss and second CAA setback of the season.
The Blue Hens return to the pitch Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m.when Delaware travels to Hofsta for its final game of the regular season.
- The goal is the first of the season for Mediate
- The assists mark the fourth and fifth of the year for Giménez registering his second multi-assist game of year
- The goal is Martinez’s fifth of the year and second game-winner while the assist marks his sixth
- In tonight’s match, the Blue Hens broke the Delaware program record for corner kicks in a season with 116 this year
- Delaware is only one goal away from tying the program record for goals in one season
- The Blue Hens return to the pitch Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m.when Delaware travels to Hofsta for its final game of the regular season