Late rally not enough: Men’s soccer falls to CAA foe
The Blue Hens continued conference play Saturday night against the University of North Carolina Wilmington, falling to the Seahawks 3-2.
Throughout the first 45 minutes of action, the Blue Hens were mostly playing in their own end. A combination of offsides calls and clutch saves by sophomore goalkeeper Renan Thomazo are what kept the Seahawks off the scoreboard.
The second half was a different story for both sides.
UNCW opened up the second half with a goal by redshirt senior Danny Reynolds. Less than 10 minutes later, the Seahawks were on the board again with a goal that rang off the top post and bounced in. The goal, scored by freshman Colton Pleasants, gave the Seahawks a 2-0 lead.
The Blue Hens were able to cut the deficit to one off a penalty kick, scored by leading goal scorer Timo Hummrich. Shortly after, Danny Reynolds would score his second goal of the night and increase UNCW’s lead to 3-1. Then came a change of tides for the Blue Hens.
In the 86th minute with Delaware’s hopes starting to dwindle, UNCW gave up an own goal off a header and a jolt of life was given to the Blue Hens. Delaware applied pressure and had a golden opportunity after UNCW goalkeeper Gabriel Perrotta was out of position, leaving a wide open net for Delaware. The only problem, the shot on net was high and hit the top of the post. That would be Delaware’s last breathe, losing 3-2.
A loss like this is hard to swallow, but head coach Ian Hennessy saw his team’s resilience that has been there year-round, even when the game was close to getting out of reach.
“We were resilient against a top-ranked West Virginia team,” Hennessy said. “We were resilient against Pitt, an [Atlantic Coast Conference] team on the road and you saw it again here tonight.”
The Blue Hens still have three quarters of their conference schedule ahead of them, and Coach Hennessy still believes his team can make a push for a birth in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.
“Its all about conference for us,” Hennessy said. “I still maintain that we are on course here to pick up the playoff berth. I’m confident with this group if we stay healthy we can.”
The Hens look to keep the push for the playoffs alive next Saturday as they host conference opponent Elon.