NEWARK, Del. – Blue Hen senior midfielder Tania Domingos first goal of the season provided the needed offense as the University of Delaware women’s soccer team defeated Old Dominion University, 1-0, in a Colonial Athletic Association contest on a sunny Senior-Day Sunday at Delaware Mini Stadium.
Delaware (9-6, 6-2 CAA) completed the weekend home sweep with today’s victory as Old Dominion dropped to 3-12 overall and 1-6 in the conference with the loss. Today’s win gave the Blue Hens a 4-3 home record during the regular season this year.
“For us winning two home games over the weekend is very important,” Delaware head coach Scott Grzenda said about the victories over William & Mary and Old Dominion. “Its all about getting points and this has put us in a position to be first or second in the CAA”
A trio of Blue Hens seniors contributed to the matches only goal at the 58-minute mark of the second half, two touch passes by Ali Miller and Melissa Pennington set up a one-timer smashed by Domingos into the lower right corner of the goal just inside ODU’s penalty box gave UD the 1-0 edge.
The Blue Hens had plenty of offensive chances throughout the match as Delaware tallied 25 shots today, with 11 on goal. UD’s Miller, Domingos and freshman Emily Market each had two shots on goal in the Blue Hens victory. ODU’s Devin Dourgherty and Ashlee Coutu tallied the only two shots on goal for the Monarchs.
Delaware’s junior goalkeeper Jess Levy made two saves for her fifth shutout of the season. Old Dominion’s goalkeeper, Laura Bush, collected 10 saves in the loss.
Prior to today’s match, eight UD seniors; Domingos, captain Laura Klebe, Anna Lenczyk, Miller, Pennington, Taya Richardson and Taylor Thompson were honored with Senior Day by the Delaware women’s soccer coaching staff with family on hand during an on-field ceremony.
“It is a very special day for our seniors,” Grzenda commented on his eight, four-year players. “Anytime we can get a win for them is great and for it to be Tania to be the one that scored the game winner it is not only special for her but all the seniors as well.”
The Blue Hens will travel to Harrisonburg, Va. to tackle the James Madison University Dukes in a CAA showdown on Thursday, October 18 at 5 p.m. at JMU’s University Park.