Stellar Defense leads St. Johnís to 2-1 Overtime Win Over Delaware in First Round of NCAA Tournament
NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware men’s soccer team fell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to St. John’s, 2-1 in overtime Thursday evening at Delaware Mini-Stadium.
Delaware (14-5-1) compiled a great comeback effort against St. John’s (11-6-2) as the Blue Hens tied the game in the last two minutes of regulation. Freshman phenom Guillermo Delgado scored the game-tying goal in the 88th minute off Delaware’s fourth corner opportunity of the match. Prince Nartey took the corner that found the head of senior Mark Garrity. Garrity headed the corner to the foot of Delgado who placed a shot into the left side of the net.
St. John’s got on the board first when the Red Storm scored a goal in the 17th minute to take an early lead over the Hens. Gabriel Camara scored his first goal of the season to give St. John’s an early lead.
With just 1:24 remaining in overtime, Jordan Rouse scored his biggest goal of the season for the Red Storm. After a scrum in front of the net, Jelani Williams hit Rouse with a pass that allowed him to register the game-winning goal for St. John’s. The goal was the second of the year for Rouse.
“Congrats to St. John’s for advancing,” said Delaware head coach Ian Hennessy. “Getting to this stage is difficult and winning here versus a very good Delaware team is also difficult. It is very important that this their moment and we want to shot them respect and congratulate them on the victory.”
Junior keeper Borja Baerbero registered three saves in tonight’s loss. Barbero finishes his first season as a Blue Hen with a 13-4-1 overall record.
St. John’s will advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and will face University of Virginia on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m.
With the end of the 2013 campaign comes the end seven Blue Hen seniors soccer careers at Delaware. The 2014 men’s soccer graduating class includes, Andrew Colletti, Luke Oostdyk, Mark Garrity, Vincent Mediate, Moses Adjieteh, Prince Nartey and Evan Reed.
- Delgado’s 15th goal of the season ranks him third all-time for goals in a single season in Delaware history
- Barbero broke the season record for goalie minutes played with 1,817:27
- His 35 season points ties him for second in program history for points in a single season
- The Hens outshot the Red Storm15-8
- Delaware’s 14 wins marks a program best
- The Blue Hens 14-5-1 overall record marks the best turn around in program history