Mediate Puts Away Overtime Game Winner for 2-1 Victory As Delaware Ties Season Wins Record
October 29, 2011
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- It was yet another overtime game for the University of Delaware men’s soccer team, but in the end, the Hens got their 11th win of the season as Vincent Mediate blasted the winner in the 103rd minute.
With a 2-1 win over UNCW on Saturday night, the Blue Hens tied the program’s single-season wins record, improving to 11-3-2 overall and 6-3-1 in Colonial Athletic Association action. The 11-win mark has not been touched since the 1984 and 1985 teams set the mark.
“Fabulous performance in the second half and OT tonight in North Carolina. It is a credit to the team that they managed to tie the school record for most wins in its 85 year history,” said sixth-year head coach Ian Hennessy. “That us quite an achievement for the program. It also assures us another CAA conference slot back to back and if things work out well a possible NCAA bid.”
The Mediate tally was the only goal in the game that didn’t come on a penalty kick as UNCW scored the game’s first goal on a PK in the 29th minute on a try by Jack Ward. Delaware tied the game in the 54th minute as John Dineen converted his attempt.
Senior forward continued to put up points this season, as he and Kyle Bruno were credited with the assist on Mediate’s goal. Frimpong has 27 points (11g, 5a), tying him with Roberto Giménez.
Kris Devaux earned the win in goal for Delaware, improving his record to 9-1-1. The senior keeper made one save in the victory against just two shots on goal by the Seahawks.
Mediate (at right) scored his goal in the 103rd minute of the game, making it the second-latest goal since head coach Ian Hennessy took over the program in 2006, besting teammate Kyle Ellis’ mark of 100:59 on Oct. 16 against Hofstra. Current assistant coach Jon Scheer holds the honor of Delaware’s latest goal under Hennessy, coming at the 103:24 mark last season against Old Dominion.
The Seahawks took advantage of their home field, grabbing a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute as Jack Ward converted a penalty kick. It was just the second PK Delaware allowed this season and first since the Sept. 1 at Seton Hall in a 3-3 draw.
UNCW (3-12-1, 1-8-1 CAA) would carry the 1-0 advantage into the halftime break after both teams managed seven shots. Ellis, who took three attempts, led Delaware’s first half offense.
Delaware’s sophomore back Dineen knotted things in the 54th minute as he converted the game’s second penalty kick, tallying his first career goal in the process.
Both teams would be held off the scoreboard for the remaining 36 minutes, sending Delaware into its seventh overtime game of the season and sixth in the last seven games. The Hens’ have played in the most overtimes in the CAA this season.
After a scoreless first overtime, which featured three of Delaware’s 14 shots, the Hens made it to a second overtime before Mediate put away the game-winner. Frimpong nearly ended the game in the 95th minute as he drilled the crossbar.
The Hens finished with a 14-11 advantage in shots, managing to put three on goal, allowing Brandon Miller the chance to make just one save. Ellis and Frimpong took three shots each while no Hen took more than one shot on goal.
Delaware’s high-pressure offense forced UNCW to surrender nine corner kicks, including four in the second half and another two in the first overtime. The Seahawks earned five corners in the game.
Both teams were whistled for double-digit fouls, with UNCW collecting 17 fouls while Delaware was called 11 times.
“If we can get the win Tuesday night at home on our senior night, it would be a great way to cap a memorable season for the UD program,” said Hennessy of the team’s final home game of the regular season.
The Hens will have a chance to break the program’s single-season wins record on Tuesday night when Delaware hosts Lafayette College in non-conference action. Game is set for 7 p.m. at Delaware Mini-Stadium and will serve as senior day.