Trio of Hens Lead Delaware Past Northeastern 3-0 in Grzenda’s 199th Career Win
September 29, 2011
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
BROOKLINE, Mass. – Behind three different goals from three different sources, the University of Delaware women's soccer team notched its first Colonial Athletic Association victory of the 2011 season, cruising past Northeastern University 3-0 in a Thursday afternoon tilt at Parsons Field.
Delaware, which improved to 5-4-1 overall and 1-1-0 in the league, enjoyed a goal from each from Chelsea Duffy (at right), Amy Pickard and Ali Miller.
Duffy gave the Hens a 1-0 advantage in the 40th minute, a lead that stood up not just for the rest of the first half, but the game as well. Junior Taya Richardson, who subbed in 10 minutes prior to Duffy’s goal, earned the first point of her career on the assist.
Just 10 minutes into the second half, Amy Pickard was fouled in the Northeastern (6-5-0, 2-1-0) penalty box and was awarded a penalty kick. Pickard converted on the kick, going to her right while Huskie goalkeeper Paige Burnett went the opposite way.
Junior forward Ali Miller capped the afternoon with the Hens' third goal, the most the team has posted in its last three games. The Miller marker came in the 72nd minute and was unassisted.
The two teams battled through hard rain during the majority of the first half before skies cleared. The opening stanza favor the Huskies, who managed eight shots to Delaware’s seven.
Delaware’s senior keeper Breanna Stemler was tested often, but managed to turn away all 10 Northeastern shots on goal for her third clean slate of the season.
The Hen backline contained Greta Samuelsdottir and Veronica Napoli, Northeastern’s leading scorers. Samuelsdottir took two shots while Napoli, the Huskies’ all-time leading points and goal scorer, had five attempts, just two of which were on goal.
The victory was the 199th win in head coach Scott Grzenda's career. The 1987 Delaware graduate has been the only coach in the program's 22-year history.
Grzenda and the Hens will go for their 200th win Sunday afternoon when Hofstra comes to Newark. The 1 p.m. contest will be played at Delaware Mini-Stadium.
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