Delaware Men's Soccer Continues to Climb on National Scene
NEWARK, Del. - For the third consecutive week, the University of Delaware men's soccer team continued to receive recognition on the NCAA Division I national scene.
The Blue Hens won their seventh consecutive match on Sunday with a 1-0 victory over Colonial Athletic Association foe College of Charleston and have now won 10 or more games for the second time in three years and have surpassed the win mark for just the third time since 1985.
Delaware remained ranked at the No. 30 spot for the second straight week in the College Soccer News poll and moved up to the fourth spot in the South Atlantic Region by NSCAA/Continental Tire Rankings. The Blue Hens have been ranked regionally for seven consecutive weeks.
For the second straight week, the Blue Hens have been ranked in the national Top 20 in the NCAA Rating Percentage Index (RPI) rankings, placing No. 17. 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 is again receiving votes in the NSCAA's national Top 25 for the second time this season. For the first time this year, the Blue Hens are also receiving votes in TopDrawerSoccer.com's national rankings. Delaware is the only CAA team receiving votes in TopDrawerSoccer.com poll.
“One of the more compelling aspects of the programs rise in the national rankings is the fact that 25 percent of our squad are engineers," said Delaware head coach Ian Hennessy. "I think it is a pretty neat story. UD's engineering department is internationally renowned and to have many of the men's soccer team in that school is a badge of honor for us and a genuine credit to these student-athletes. Tomorrow is a very difficult road trip for us against the defending CAA champions (Northeastern) and a game, if won, may allow us back to the CAA playoffs for the third time in four years."
Freshman standout Guillermo Delgado has led the Blue Hens all season. The Tres Cantos, Spain native leads Delaware in goals (10) and points (23) and currently leads all of Division I men's soccer in points per game (2.09). The rookie ranks second nationally in goals, points, and goals per game (0.91).
Delgado and the Blue Hens continue CAA play tomorrow, Oct. 16, when they travel to Boston to take on Northeastern at 6 p.m.