Furious Comeback Cut Short As Hens Fall 2-1 Against CAA Power William & Mary
October 9, 2011
File Photo Courtesy of Chris Permar
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The University of Delaware women’s soccer team saw its three-game winning streak come to a halt Sunday afternoon as the Tribe of William & Mary edged out the Hens 2-1.
William & Mary, which is undefeated in Colonial Athletic Association play (6-0-0), is unbeaten at Albert-Daly Field at Martin Family Stadium this year (7-0-1).
“William & Mary is a good team and they play well at home,” said UD head coach Scott Grzenda. “We’re a bit disappointed with the result. We came out a little sluggish and they (William & Mary) capitalized on their opportunities.”
Delaware, which averages a conference third-best 1.83 goals per game, got its lone goal from Stacie Dulkis, who came off the Hen bench. The senior forward kept the Hens in the game, scoring her first goal of the year in the 82nd minute and cutting the Tribe lead in half at 2-1. Laura Klebe was credited with the helper after feeding Dulkis (at right) from 30 yards out.
“Stacie came in and gave us the spark we needed to pressure them during the last 20 minutes of the game,” said Grzenda of his senior.
The Hens pressured late and tallied a bulk of their seven second half shots during the final 15 minutes of the game, tallying five over that span.
William & Mary (11-1-2) got its goals from Dani Rutter and Mallory Schaffer, both in the first half. Rutter put the Tribe on top 1-0 on a rebound after Erin Liberatore took a shot that Hen keeper Breanna Stemler stopped. Schaffer put away her 12th goal of the year on a penalty kick in the 34th minute.
Delaware (7-5-1, 3-2-0 CAA) took 11 shots in the tilt, putting nine on goal. Dianna Marinaro led Hen shooters with three, including two on goal, while Miller and freshman back Allegra Gray put their two shots each on cage. Gray returned to the pitch after missing the last nine games after breaking her nose and suffering a concussion against Saint Joseph’s on Sept. 2.
The Tribe defense, which allowed less than a goal per game, shutout Miller and fellow forward Amy Pickard, each of whom had a three-game scoring streak going entering the game.
Stemler made six stops on the afternoon while Tribe keeper Katherine Yount made seven saves and was helped by her defense, which was credited with one team save.
“We’ll start preparing for VCU right away,” said Grzenda on his squad’s practice plans for the week. “We’ll take care of our bumps and bruises and get back out on the practice field.”
The Hens host Virginia Commonwealth on Friday night under the lights of Delaware Mini-Stadium, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. That game will be part of a two-game home stand for Delaware, which will host James Madison on Sunday at 12 noon.
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