University of Delaware Places Three on Preseason All-CAA Menís Soccer Team; Delgado Tabbed Preseason Player of the Year
RICHMOND, Va. -- The University of Delaware men’s soccer program continued to attract some impressive preseason accolades Friday as three Blue Hens players were selected to the Preseason Colonial Athletic Association all-star team selected by the league’s nine head coaches.
Leading the way for the Blue Hens was sophomore forward Guillermo Delgado, who was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year. Senior forward Roberto Giménez and senior goalkeeper Borja Barbero also earned spots on the All-CAA first team. Delaware was the only school to place three players on the first team.
“Our players continue to rewrite the record books at UD and in the conference and with these three players you are talking about some of the best we have ever had,” said Delaware head coach Ian Hennessy. “Talent aside, they all share an incredible strong work ethic and couldn’t be more deserving of this acknowledgement in such a strong soccer conference as the CAA.”
Earlier this week, Delaware was picked as the team to beat in the CAA after being selected No. 1 by the league head coaches in the preseason poll. Hennessy welcomes back nine starters from last year’s team that won a school-record 14 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons.
Delgado was honored for the third time this month after being selected as one of 32 preseason Watch List candidates for the Hermann Award, which honors the top collegiate male player in the nation. Earlier, Delgado earned a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer.com national Top XI team.
Delgado enjoyed an outstanding 2013 rookie season in which he became the first freshman in team history to earn All-American honors. He tallied 35 points with 15 goals and 5 assists to help Delaware rank No. 2 in the nation in scoring offense, tallying 2.25 goals per game. He led all NCAA freshmen in goals scored and ranked No. 4 among all players in the nation.
A native of Tres Cantos, Spain (Jose Luis Sampedro High School), Delgado has quickly became one of nation’s elite college players. He started all 20 games for the Blue Hens in 2013 and fired 87 shots with 47 of them on goal. He was selected Freshman of the Year by College Sports Madness and was ranked as the No. 5 freshman in the nation by Top Drawer Soccer. He also was named first team All-South Atlantic Region, second team ECAC All-East, first team All-CAA, and CAA Rookie of the Year.
Giménez (Socuéllamos, Spain/Les Parques Lineal and Zurbaran School) enters his senior year as Delaware’s active career leader in games played (50), goals (17), assists (16), and points (50) while twice earning All-CAA honors. He was a second team All-CAA pick last season as a team tri-captain when he scored five goals and dished out six assists and was the CAA Rookie of the Year in 2011 when he tallied 10 goals.
Barbero (Valladolid, Spain/Apostolado HS) made an immediate impact for the Blue Hens in his first season in Newark after transfering from Iona College. He started all 19 games and earned first team All-CAA honors after ranking fourth in the league in goals allowed (1.24), fifth in save percentage (.737) with 70 stops, and posting five shutouts. He also earned a spot on the All-NSCAA South Atlantic Region first team.
Delaware began preseason camp Aug. 14 and will play its first scrimmage on Aug. 19 at home vs. Monmouth. The regular season opener is set for Aug. 29 vs. Sacred Heart at newly-named Stuart & Suzanne Grant Stadium. Admission to all Blue Hen men’s soccer home games is free.
All-Colonial Athletic Association Pre-Season First Team: Forwards - Colin Bonner, UNCW; Guillermo Delgado, Delaware; Roberto Giménez, Delaware; Maid Memic, Hofstra; Jason Waterman, Elon; Midfielders: James Brace, Elon; Marcus Luster, William & Mary; Michele Patatia, Drexel; David Sizemore, UNCW; Defenders: Bjarki Aðalsteinsson, James Madison; Simon Cox, Northeastern; Robert Liberatore, Drexel; Michael Teiman, William & Mary; Goalkeeper: Borja Barbero, Delaware
Honorable Mention: Chris Albiston, MF, William & Mary; Nathan Dean, GK, Elon; Jackson Eskay, F, William & Mary; Josh Grant, F, James Madison; Rory Murphy, D, Hofstra
PRESEASON CAA MEN’S SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Guillermo Delgado, Delaware