Seniors Take Final Bow With 2-0 Victory over Drexel
October 30, 2010
Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
PHILADELPHIA – It was a fitting end to the season for the University of Delaware women’s soccer team. The Hens scored twice en route to a victory over Drexel University on Saturday night at Vidas Field, with the first goal coming from a freshman and the final 2010 goal from a senior.
Shannon Kearney concluded her rookie campaign with the game’s first goal in the 16th minute, snapping a long scoreless drought dating back to her game winner at Binghamton on Sept. 5, a span of 15 games. Fellow freshman Chelsea Duffy tallied her second assist of the year on the goal.
Senior forward Amy Pickard (at right) capped her career with a goal in the 54th minute, making good on a penalty kick.
“I’m so proud of our kids tonight,” said Scott Grzenda, who concluded his 21st season at the helm of the program. “We will truly miss our seniors next year. They are great players, excellent students and tremendous ambassadors for the University of Delaware.
Between the pipes, junior Breanna Stemler made six stops to preserve her fifth shutout this season. She moves into sole possession of sixth place in the all-time record books with eight.
Tonight’s game was also special for the three Blue Hen seniors, Pickard, Ilyssa Friedman and Morgan Warrington. The victory marked the fourth-consecutive time Delaware has defeated the Dragons (7-11-1, 3-7-1), dating back to the 2007 season when Pickard and Friedman were entering their freshman season.
Delaware has not allowed the Dragons to find the back of the net since the 76th minute of the 2006 edition when Drexel won 2-1, spanning 374 minutes of action.
After getting the season off well, the Blue Hens (8-10-1, 4-6-1) hit a rough patch when they began conference play.
But it’s not about how you start, its how you finish and the Hens finished well, winning their final three contests without allowing a goal.
Pickard will finish her career with 33 points (15g, 3a), earning her the No. 14 spot on Delaware’s all-time list. He 15 markers land her in 12th in career goals, which is an impressive feat after missing all of 2009 with an injury.
Please continue to visit BlueHens.com for updates as the Colonial Athletic Association releases its all-conference team lists.
Back To Women's Soccer Home Women's Soccer Story Archive