Delaware (7-6, 4-2 CAA) look to end a two-game losing skid against the first-place College of William & Mary (11-3-0, 5-0 CAA) before the Blue Hens square off against last place Old Dominion University (2-11, 0-5 CAA). Entering the weekend, the Blue Hens sit tied for third-place in the CAA with Hofstra.
“The team is really excited about our upcoming weekend against William & Mary and Old Dominion,² Delaware head coach Scott Grzenda said about his squad¹s final two regular-season home games at Delaware Mini Stadium.
“Fridays game against William and Mary is why we play and train so hard,” Grzenda said. ³They are a very talented team and at the top of our league, now we get to face them on the field.²
“Sunday¹s match against ODU will be Delaware¹s Senior Day as the Blue Hens honor eight seniors on the team. ³Sunday is our senior day and will be a very emotional game for the entire team, especially the seniors,” Grzenda added about the 2012 class that
went 4-1-29-10 record over their four years.
“Sunday¹s match is also our breast cancer game which is something dear to our team, Grzenda added. ³Any time we can bring awareness to such a worthy cause makes the game very special.” The women¹s soccer team will be wearing pink socks for their match against Old Dominion to raise >awareness about breast cancer while the first 100 fans in attendance will receive a pink Blue Hens Rally Towel while the first 50 UD students in attendance will receive a Pink Cockpit T-Shirt.
The octet of Tania Domingos, Laura Klebe, Anna Lenczyk, Ali Miller, Melissa Penningnton, Polly Reinicker, Taya Richardson and Taylor Thompson will be playing in front of the UD home crowd during the regular season for the final two times this weekend against W&M and ODU. Miller is tied for the CAA lead in game-winning goals with three on the season while leading the Blue H ens with six goals scored. Junior goalkeeper Jess Levy has a 0.96 GAA and four shutouts this season through 12 games.
The Blue Hens have played William & Mary 13 times since the 1997 campaign, with UD owning a 1-9-3 record against W&M that included a pairof 2-1 losses to the Tribe last season.
William & Mary is riding a five-game home run and is led by 24th-year head coach John Daly, who has led the Tribe to NCAA Tournament in 16 of the last 19 seasons has 22 letter winners and nine starters from a club that went 17-3-3 last season. Preseason CAA Player of the Year, senior mid fielder Mallory Schaffer, is also a two-time CAA player of the week selection this year and leads the conference with nine goals. Senior mid fielder, Cortlyn Bristol, paces the CAA and the Tribe with 10 assists
Since 1997, Delaware and Old Dominion have played 12 times with the Blue Hens posting an 8-2-2 record against the Monarchs. Last season the Blue Hens defeated the Monarchs, 3-1, in Norfolk, Va.
Led by 28-year head coach Joe Pereia, Old Dominion travels to Newark on a five-game losing streak. The Monarchs have nine letter winners and six starts returning on a club that went 6-11-2 during the 2011 season. Senior forward Ashlee Coutu and former CAA player of the week, junior Amber Cook, shares the team-lead with nine points (four goals and one
assist). Senior defenseman Taylor Mentz is third on the team with six points (one goal and four assists).
After the weekend, the Blue Hens will continue their CAA schedule with a trip to Harrisonburg, Va. on Thursday, October 18 at 5 p.m. to battle the James Madison University Dukes at JMU¹s University Park.