Delaware Men’s Soccer Travels to Boston to Tackle Northeastern in Colonial Athletic Association Mid-Week Action
October 9, 2012
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware men’s soccer team will be traveling to Boston, Mass. for a mid-week Colonial Athletic Association match against the Northeastern University Huskies Wednesday, October 10 at 3 p.m. at NU’s Parsons Field.
“The next three games are a critical stretch for us,” Delaware head coach Ian Hennessy said about his squad’s toughest stretch in their CAA schedule. “We are on the road against the current top three teams in the CAA in Northeastern, James Madison and Drexel, as these three teams that are all vying for their own NCAA slot next month.”
Delaware (3-7-2, 1-1-1 CAA) enters the match coming off a dramatic 0-0 double-overtime tie with No. 11 Old Dominon on Sunday while Northeastern (7-1-2, 2-0-1 CAA) is riding a six match winning streak where the Huskies have posted a 4-0-2 record.
Wednesday’s match marks the 20th time the Blue Hens have played the Huskies since 1991, with Delaware owning a 3-14-2 record against Northeastern that included a 2-1 victory during the regular season and a 0-0 win in penalty kicks last season during the CAA Tournament.
UD looks to capitalize on the momentum from the double-overtime tie against No. 11 Old Dominion as the Blue Hens embarks on their longest road trip during the CAA action. Freshman forward Joe Dipre’s three goals and seven points leads the Blue Hens while junior forward Roberto Gimenez is the only Blue Hen with multiple goals (2) and assists (2) on the season. Sophomore captain Tobias Muller has returned to the starting lineup anchoring a defensive backfield that includes junior John Dineen sophomore Ignacio Martin and sophomore Kyle Nuel.
Northeastern is Led by eighth-year head coach Brian Ainscough, who has 17 lettter winners returning from a squad that went 10-6-3 last year. In the eight years that Ainscough has been at the helm at NU, the Huskies have made it to the CAA Tournament six times.
The Huskies have reigning CAA Player of the Week, senior goalkeeper Oliver Blum, who has three shutouts and a 0.63 GAA through 15 matches this season. Former CAA Player of the Week, senior forward Don Anding, has seven goals and two assists that leads NU in both categories.
“If we can get a couple of results and bring the conference run-in back to our home ground, where we play three of our last four games, that would be a terrific accomplishment,” Hennessy added. “We have drawn some very good home crowds for the last two years in our conference run and this has been a huge help to the lads.”
The Blue Hens will continue their CAA schedule on Sunday, October 14 at 2 p.m. when UD travels to Harrisonburg, Va. to play the James Madison University Dukes at 2 p.m. at JMU’s University Park.