Scheer's Second Half Goal Lifts Delaware Past Towson 1-0 in CAA Battle
October 27, 2010
Game Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. - - Captain Clutch Jon Scheer (at right) tallied his fourth goal of the 2010 season, making it count for his third game winner as the University of Delaware men’s soccer team tamed the Tigers of Towson University 1-0 on Wednesday evening at Delaware Mini-Stadium.
The senior midfielder found the back of the net in the 56th minute of the match as he and fellow midfield Kyle Ellis paced each other down the field, with just one defender between them. Ellis got his pass over to Scheer who drilled the ball to right post.
“Terrific spirit tonight to pick up this win,” said UD head coach Ian Hennessy, who earned his first victory over Towson since coming to the University in 2006. “We have not lost a conference game at home this year and in a must win game I must congratulate the players on keeping a clean sheet and creating some quality opportunity's against a very dangerous Towson team.”
Tonight’s win was a significant victory, keeping the Blue Hens (4-8-3, 3-5-2) in the playoff hunt with 11 points. With a 1-0 victory over UNC Wilmington, William & Mary maintained control of first place with 22 points. Hofstra moved into second (14) while Virginia Commonwealth University and Old Dominion were idle and each have 13 points. Northeastern sits just ahead of Delaware with 12 points.
The victory was also the first time that Delaware has defeated Towson since a 2-1 overtime victory at Towson. The last time Delaware Mini Stadium saw a Blue Hen victory was a 2-1 overtime victory in 1986.
Junior Evans Frimpong set a furious shooting pace; taking nine shots, including several open chances. He finished the game with three shots on goal, but Towson’s netminder Angelo Viteritti stopped all three en route to an eight save outing.
Towson (8-5-2, 2-5-2) had its fair share of opportunities, including a near-goal early in the game. Phil Greatwich took a shot that Delaware’s keeper Brandon Paul made an initial save on, but gave up a rebound. Joe O’Rourke controlled the rebound and fired off a second shot in a matter of seconds, but a diving, fingertip save by Paul preserved his first win of the season.
The Hens nearly double the Tigers shot production, taking a 21-13 advantage. Paul made six saves to earn his first shutout this season. Scheer took just one shot on the evening, making it count as the gamewinner.
“The crowd was terrific tonight in helping us along and it was great to see our UD staff and coaches at the game to support the team,” said Hennessy of the 250-plus attendance. “We are still alive in an incredible strong CAA and hope that we can draw more support for our game Saturday night against the defending champions."
A berth into the CAA playoffs will not come easily for Delaware, which faces last season’s conference champion, UNC Wilmington on Saturday night. But the Hens will have home field advantage for the game, which is slated to begin at 7 p.m. at Delaware Mini Stadium.