Hens Wrap Up Challenging Exhibition Schedule With American and Monmouth
August 24, 2011
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. -- Coming off one of the most successful seasons in University of Delaware men’s soccer history, sixth-year head coach Ian Hennessy laid out a challenging exhibition schedule for his program in preparation for the 2011 season.
With two friendlies against teams from two different conferences, Hennessy was pleased with what he saw.
“We had two very testing friendly games against last year’s Patriot League finalist American University, and Monmouth University, which was an NCAA team last year from the Northeast Conference,” said Hennessy. “We were certainly stretched in both games and learned a good deal in both games about our team. Now the lads are very keen to build on these games and are excited about our opening game on Friday.”
Delaware jumped out to a 2-0 lead against American, thanks to goals from John Dineen and junior Ben Raymond, both of which were unassisted. After the Eagles knotted the action at 2-2, senior Evans Frimpong, a pre-season All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, put in what eventually proved to be the game-winner, scoring in the 84th minute.
This past weekend, Delaware fought Monmouth, which is ranked 21st in the Soccer America Preseason Top 25, to a 0-0 draw.
The Blue Hens will kickoff their 2011 campaign on Friday afternoon as they take on the Atlantic 10’s University of Massachusetts. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. at Delaware Mini-Stadium.