NEWARK, Del. – Blue Hen junior mid fielder Chelsea Duffy’s first goal of the season provided the key tally as the University of Delaware women’s soccer team defeated the College of William & Mary, 1-0, in Colonial Athletic Association action on a chilly Friday night at Delaware Mini Stadium.
Delaware (8-6, 5-2 CAA) ended a two-game losing skid and are now .500 at home with a 3-3 record in addition to snapping William & Mary’s (11-4, 5-1 CAA) five-game winning streak.
“I think the win tonight puts us having a chance to finish first or second in the conference back on the table,” Delaware head coach Scott Grzenda said about Delaware’s victory over CAA leader, William & Mary. “In a conference like ares that is so tight and that anybody can beat anybody, the ability to knock of the top team like we did puts us only one win behind now.”
In the 51st minute of the match after picking the pocket of a Tribe defender, Duffy lofted an arching shot over the out-stretched arm of William & Mary goalkeeper, Caroline Casey, from about 18-yards away in the middle of the field for the game-deciding goal, 1-0.
“When she shot we all were leaning on the sidelines,” Grzenda added about Duffy’s goal. “It was a great strike and she just beat the keeper.”
Starting in her second game of the season, Blue Hens sophomore Jessica Figueroa stopped all eight William & Mary shots for her first shutout of the year.
“She’s finally healthy again,” Grzenda said about Figueroa starting her second match of the season. “Jess I think started out wanting to do a little too much, but after she made her first save on a cross in the first half that settled her in and was great the rest of the way.”
Casey, William & Mary’s goalkeeper, produced five saves in only her fourth loss of the season in 14 starts.
Delaware was out shot by William & Mary, 18-10, with the UD duo of Duffy and senior midfielder Tania Domingos leading the Blue Hens with two shots apiece. W&M’s Ali Heck, Cortlyn Bristol and Emory Camper each had two shots to lead the Tribe.
The Blue Hens will complete the final regular-season home weekend with Senior Day on Sunday, October 14 at 1 p.m. as the University of Delaware hosts Old Dominion University in a CAA match at Delaware Mini Stadium. The first 100 fans in attendance will receive pink Blue Hens rally towels for breast cancer awareness.