NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware men’s soccer team earned Colonial Athletic Association victory number two Wednesday night, dropping rival Drexel University 3-2. The game was a wild affair from start-to-finish as Delaware (5-2-1, 2-1 CAA) enjoyed a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals just 62 seconds apart. After falling behind, Drexel (1-5-1, 0-1-1 CAA) came storming back to tie the match at two.

UD took the early two-goal lead on goals by Fede Prieto and Chad Poarch. Prieto, who latter tallied the assist on the game-winner, scored his team-leading third goal of the season. Delaware scored the game-winner on a free-kick from about 10-yards out in the 53rd minute. The ball, which was served in by Prieto found a streaking Halvard Ramstad who scored his second consecutive game-winning goal.

The Blue Hens registered 17 shots while Drexel attempted seven. Goalkeeper Todd Morton recorded 2 saves while Jacob Jordan made four saves for the Dragons.

Head Coach Ian Hennessy:

“I thought tonight was entertaining soccer, maybe too entertaining for a coach, but for the fans five goals and some exciting soccer. I was very pleased with the opening stanza of the game. I thought we did enough to score three or four goals with some really quality opportunities. In the second half full credit goes to the Drexel players and staff for tying up the game and making it interesting. Obviously, conference games are always difficult. In the end, the results went our way, and it was a critical three points. “

On the team bouncing back after losing the 2-0 lead:

“I think we’re very resilient, and the three goals and 17 shots are both indicators that things are happening well. Tonight we had enough firepower to overcome the pair of Drexel goals. Goals change games, and I thought their second goal put us ‘on the back foot’ a bit. That set-piece goal from Hal, his second in two games, changed the momentum again. In the end, we saw the game out without too much damage or defending from Todd.”

On the next match at William & Mary:

“Sunday is almost a must win for William & Mary after starting 0-2-1. I think they’re a very strong team, having beaten ACC teams. Every time we go down to them, it’s a battle. They have the quality to get back into the playoffs. Obviously, this is a critical game for them. I think 12-points will get us back into the playoffs, so for us, if we can get the three points it would be huge for us because we have some tired legs right now. There’s no question that we go into the game as underdogs.”


• Delaware has now defeated Drexel in four consecutive matches.
• The Blue Hens improve to 2-1-1 this season at Stuart and Suzanne Grant Stadium.
• UD scored three goals for the first time since October 22, 2016.
• Delaware is now 7-3-1 in its last 11 home CAA matches.
• Prieto’s three goals are the fourth most in the CAA.
• Morton needs just one more win to tie Borja Barbero’s all-time UD wins mark (25).

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