University of Delaware Men's Soccer Set to Host Northeastern Saturday in CAA Quarterfinals
CAA Tournament Quarterfinal
No. 5 Northeastern vs. No. 4 Delaware
Northeastern: 6-8-3 (3-3-1 CAA)
Delaware: 13-4-0 (4-3-0 CAA)
Nov. 9 • 7:30 p.m.
Delaware Mini-Stadium • Newark, Del.
Hens Return to CAA Championship
For the third time in the past four seasons, Delaware men’s soccer team has returned to the CAA Championship. The Blue Hens look to win their second CAA title in three years
2010 CAA Tournament (at Wilmington, N.C.)
No. 3 Hofstra d. No. 2 VCU, 2-1
No. 1 William & Mary d. No. 4 Delaware, 1-0 (2OT)
2011 CAA Tournament (at Harrionsburg, Va.)
No. 6 Georgia State d. No. 3 William & Mary, 2-1
No. 4 Delaware tied No. 5 Northeastern, 0-0 (2OT)
(Delaware advaces on PK’s, 4-3)
No. 2 Old Dominion d. No. 6 Georgia State, 5-3
No. 4 Delaware tied No. 1 James Madison, 2-2 (2OT)
(Delaware advances on PK’s, 5-4)
No. 4 Delaware d. No. 2 Old Dominion, 2-1
Lucky Number Four
The previous two times Delaware men’s soccer team earned a CAA Tournament berth, they were seeded No. 4. This year the Hens also received a fourth seed. The last time Delaware was seeded fourth it went on to win a first round match over UVA in the NCAA Tournament.
All Roads Go Through Philadephia
For the second consecutive year, all roads to an NCAA Tournament automatic berth will go through Philadelphia as Drexel won its second regular season title in two years. The Dragons earned the No. 1 seed with a 4-1-2 CAA record in 2013.
Hens on National Scene
Delaware is currently ranked 25th in the NCAA Ranking Percentage Index (RPI). The RPI rankings consist of three factors: Division I winning percentage, strength of schedule and opponent’s strength of schedule. RPI is used by the NCAA when evaluating teams for postseason selection.
Delaware currently leads in the nation in points (121) throughout 17 games. The Blue Hens also leads in the nation in goals (41) and rank second in scoring offense (2.50 goals per game).
During the 2013 season, Delaware owned an impressive seven game win-streak between the months of September and October. Throughout the win streak, the Hens shutout their opponents five times and outscored their opponents, 14-2.
Two Delaware freshmen, Guillermo Delgado and Jaime Martinez, rank first and second on the squad in goals and points. Delgado has scored 13 with 31 points with Martinez has scored five goals with six assists. Martinez is tied for first on the team in assists.
Guillermo Delgado has reset the Delaware program freshman record books. The forward has scored a program best 13 goals while tallying 31 points to set new freshman records for goals and points in a single season. He has also set a new record in Blue Hen history as he scored a goal in five consecutive matches. He broke the previous record for consecutive games scoring set by Mike Nash in 1985. Delgado ranks third in the national in goals and points per game (1.82).
Rewriting the Record Books
The 2013 Delaware team has esentially rewrote the Delaware team records for a single season. This year’s squad has set a new program record for regular season wins (13), goals in a season (41) and most corner kicks in a season (123). The Hens are only three assists away from break the program record for assists in a season. This year, Delaware has also recorded the best turn around in program history after going 4-10-4 in 2012. The Hens are on are pace to record the best record in the program’s 87 year history.
Luke Oostdyk (3.85 GPA) and Ben Sampson (4.0 GPA) were recently named to the CoSIDA District II All-Academic Team on Nov. 1.