Dominant Delgado leaving legacy as a Blue Hen

11.26.13 SOCCER
Photographer’s Rich Jones/THE REVIEW
Guillermo Delgado continues his record-setting career at Delaware.

BY
SENIOR REPORTER

When you think about the history of certain sports at the university, there are athletes that immediately come to mind. For football, it’s former Blue Hen and current Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. For women’s basketball, WNBA M.V.P. and Olympic gold medalist Elena Delle Donne.

For Delaware’s men’s soccer program, current Blue Hen striker Guillermo Delgado could end up in their class when his time Delaware career comes to an end.

This past Tuesday against Maryland, the top-ranked team in the country, Delgado scored two goals in a 3-2 double overtime loss. The two tallies brought his career total to 48, making him the school’s new all-time leader in goals. The previous record of 47 was held by Mike Biggs, who played for the university from 1968-1970.

“I want to congratulate Guillermo on his two-goal performance tonight as he claims Delaware’s all-time record,” Head Coach Ian Hennessey said after the game on Tuesday. “He is the highest active scorer in all of NCAA Division I soccer and now steps up as the top goal scorer, points scorer and assists holder in the 90-plus-year history of Delaware men’s soccer.”

Delgado is originally from Tres Cantos, Spain, where he was a standout performer at Les Jose Luis Sampedro High School. After committing to play for Delaware, he wasted no time in rewriting the record books. He made an immediate impact as a freshman, totaling 15 goals, five assists and 35 points. The 15 goals were tops by any freshman in the country, and good for fourth best in all of Division 1.

Delgado’s dominance continued into his sophomore and junior seasons. In his sophomore year, he scored 11 goals on his way to earning CAA player of the year honors, and led Delaware to its first CAA regular season title in school history. After being named a captain prior to his junior season, he continued his phenomenal production and was named to All-CAA first team.

The weight of expectations hasn’t appeared to affect Delgado’s performance. Coming off his stellar first three years, expectations were through the roof for Delgado entering his final year, and rightfully so. All he’s managed to do is meet those expectations and then some. He currently leads the CAA in shots, and is tied for the conference lead in assists and goals.

His performance has put him up there with the elites in the entire country, not just the CAA. He’s tied for seventh in goals, and tied for tenth in assists amongst all Division 1 players. Delgado has the Blue Hens in prime position to make another run at a CAA title when the conference tournament gets under way this Friday. They currently sit in second place with a conference record of 5-3. Despite the strong record, the Blue Hens have struggled somewhat down the stretch, dropping three of their last four contests.

With the team heading into the all-important conference tournament with little momentum, the Blue Hens will turn to their leader Delgado more than ever. With a player of his caliber, the team will have a shot in any game. It’s hard to imagine Delgado could accomplish anything more in his time as a Blue Hen, but adding a CAA championship to his name would only further cement his legacy.

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