Delaware (3-4) enters conference play after defeating reigning NEC champs, Long Island University-Brooklyn on Sunday. Towson (0-7-1) travels the 59 miles north on I-95 to play the Blue Hens on a six-game losing skid while George Mason (4-5) come to Newark with a 2-2 record in September.
“The team is very excited to start conference play - we’ve been playing some excellent soccer and now is the time to put it all together - when conference play begins you have to throw out the records, it’s almost like starting the season over again”
With the reigning CAA Rookie of the Week, freshman midfielder Emily Market, the Blue Hens look to collect their first home victory of the season during the weekend homestand. UD’s leading scorer, senior midfielder Anna Lenczyk, is the only Blue Hen with two goals on the season. Senior forward Ali Miller is tied for second in scoring with one goal in addition to leading the squad with 12 shots on goal.
The Blue Hens have played Towson 20 times since 1990 with a 13-6-1 record while posting a 4-7-1 mark against George Mason since 2001. Delaware has a two-game winning streak against the Tigers and a one-game losing skid to the Patriots.
“Despite their record, Towson will come in here ready to battle Friday night,” Grzenda remarked. “We need to be up to the task from the start of the match for us to take care of business.”
In his sixth season as head coach of the Towson Tigers, Greg Payter, leads a squad that returns 17 letterwinners and eight starters from a club that went 9-10 a year ago.
The Tigers have their three highest point leaders, junior forward Emily Banes, sophomore Sophia Reed and senior forward Cheyenne Skidmore. An All-CAA Third Team selection last season, Skidmore leads Towson with three goals and eight shots on goal this year.
“Mason is a very talented team and all of our games over the years have been are very competitive,” Grzenda said. “The girls are very excited to play the Patriots."
Led by head coach Diane Drake, who is in her 14th season at George Mason, the Patriots return 13 letterwinners and eight starters from a team that went 8-6-6 last year. GMU travels to Delaware with a 1-4 road record.
The Patriots return second-team All-CAA selection, senior forward Tania Kallenberger, and third-team All-CAA recipient, senior midfielder Mary Kate Lowry. Kallenberger leads George Mason with 15 points (six goals and three assists) and Lowry has one goal this season.
Following the weekend, the Delaware women’s soccer team will travel south in CAA action next week with a trip to Georgia State on Friday, September 28 at 7 p.m. and UNCW on Sunday, September 30 at 1 p.m.