Blue Hens Stumble in Home Finale, Fall 3-0 at the Hands of Lafayette
November 1, 2011
Senior Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware men’s soccer will have to wait one more game to break the program’s single-season wins record after suffering a 3-0 setback in a non-conference clash with Lafayette College on a brisk Tuesday night.
The game served as Senior Day for the program’s five seniors, Kris Devaux, Kyle Ellis, Evans Frimpong, Darren O’Connor and Michael Stone, who were honored before their final game at Delaware Mini-Stadium.
“We have had enjoyed a good year this season and I reminded the seniors that tonight's game should not take away from this,” said head coach Ian Hennessy, who has his squad tied with the school record of 11 wins in a season. “We have already qualified again for the CAA Tournament next week which is terrific for the school. We will look to focus on getting rested and healthy before we head to Virginia (James Madison).”
The Leopards (8-5-4) jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in 30th minute on a tally from Kyle Scharfenberg. Chandler Fraser-Pauls extended that lead in the 79th minute followed by the insurance tally in the 82nd minute from Alec Golini. Sean Peckham was given the assist on Fraser-Pauls’ goal, while a double assist from Blake Fink and Tom McCutcheon was credited on the Golini marker.
Despite being blanked for the first time in a month, Delaware put five shots on goal, paced by Frimpong, who took three shots with two one goal. Nathan McDonald, who made five saves to preserve the shutout, stopped Frimpong both times.
In goal for Delaware, Devaux made four saves in his 90 minutes of action. Twice Golini, the only Leopard with multiple shots on goal, challenged Devaux.
Lafayette, which averaged less than a goal per game entering tonight’s match, held the advantage in shots, taking 14 while Delaware tallied 11. The Leopards earned just two corner kicks while Delaware had four. The Hens were whistled for eight fouls as Lafayette was called just six times and earned a yellow card.
The Leopards evened the series between the two schools at 18-18-2 as they played against one another for the first time since 2002.
Delaware (11-4-2) will go for its record-setting 12th win this Saturday as the Hens head to Richmond to face the Rams of VCU. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at VCU Sports Backer Stadium.
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