DURHAM, N.C. --  The University of Delaware men's soccer team fell 2-1 Tuesday night to No. 18 Duke at Koskinen Stadium.  

The Blue Hens (5-6-4) who fell behind 1-0 early in the match, tied up the action when Thibault Philippe scored his second penalty kick goal of the season in the 22nd-minute. The Hens were awarded the PK following a Duke handball inside their 18-yard box.

Following the Delaware equalizer, the Blue Devils (11-3-2) regained the lead three minutes later when Danielle Proch found the back of the net. Following the halftime break, neither team was able to find the back of the net, as Duke was able to hold on for a 2-1 victory.

Redshirt junior goalkeeper Todd Morton made four saves in the loss and sophomore Chad Poarch tallied three shots.

The Blue Hens conclude the regular season this Saturday night at Stuart and Suzanne Grant Stadium against Elon. Senior night festivities are scheduled for 6:45 p.m. with kickoff following 15-minutes later.

The Hens must defeat Elon in order to advance to the Colonial Athletic Association playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.

Head Coach Ian Hennessy
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Our guys are overall a bit disappointed tonight to have not earned a result at a Duke team that is currently third in the NCAA RPI rankings. Our effort and skill in the second half was top-notch, as we really played great soccer. Our guys are leaving the stadium tonight feeling a bit empty, but we must now switch our focus to what is a big weekend for us. We are in a must-win scenario and the group is very anxious to return to the playoffs. At the beginning of each season, we set a goal of playing soccer after the regular season. Saturday night we have the opportunity to be able to accomplish that goal, in what is a big night for our program." 

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