DOVER, Del. - In the annual Delaware State women's soccer 8v8 spring invitational, the Hornets finished second overall with a 3-0-2 record and 11 points while Wilmington took the trophy with a 4-0-2 record and 13 points Sunday at Alumni Stadium.
"The 8v8 is a very unforgiving format," stated DSU head coach Nitan Soni. "It really nullifies any speed or athleticism that you may have as it exploits the technical portion of the game."
In Del State's first game of the day, the Hornets tied Wesley College, 4-4. DSU was down, 4-1, early in the second half before bouncing back and pushing the game to the last minute.
Scoring goals for DSU were sophomore Sam Strohm (Feasterville, Pa.), senior Michelle Giorgilli (Millville, Del.), sophomore Liz Olivier (Andover, N.J.) and freshman Kaitlyn Corder.
"We learned the hard way against Wesley that this format really focuses on the technical portion of soccer," Soni remarked. "With every mistake there is an attempt on goal and it took us too long to find a technical standard."
The Hornets followed the Wesley match with a 4-1 victory over Goldey-Beacom with two goals coming from sophomore Kaitlyn Schech (Abingdon, Md.). Also scoring goals for DSU was freshman Lauren Price (Bayside, N.Y.) and junior Candace Wyre (Smyrna, Del.).
In their third game of the day, Del State tied with Wilmington, 2-2, with goals coming from freshmen Chelsea Boursiquot (Stratford, Conn.) and Gabi Pinto (Bear, Del.).
Soni noted, "We pushed every game to the last minute and had several opportunities late in the Wilmington game to seal the victory. Unfortunately, we were unable to do so."
The Hornets took their largest win of the day over Washington Adventist in game four, 7-0, with three goals coming from junior Jeanette Salgado (Bergenfield, N.J.). Price, Boursiquot and sophomore Kelly Pelz-Butler (Silver Spring, Md.) each added in a goal of their own.Delaware State wrapped up the day with a 5-0 win over Cecil College. Olivier scored the first goal of the game while Price followed with three straight goals.
Wyre and freshman Kate Numer (Lebanon, Pa.) also posted goals for the Hornets.
"Although we did not win the tournament, we did meet other objectives that we had for the day such as clean sheets and to finish undefeated," commented Soni. "It was a hot day that really tested the physical boundaries of our players, which will serve us well as we continue to emphasize the importance of match fitness for the fall."
Soni continued, "Overall, I was pleased with the day and we will reflect over the games to make sure we take away what we need to help us next Sunday against Salisbury and into the 2012 fall season."
The 2011 champion Goldey-Beacom finished in third place with nine points while Wesley was fourth with seven points. Cecil College placed fifth with three points while Washington Adventist was last with no points.Goldey-Beacom sophomore Danielle Semenza took home the Golden Boot Award, leading the way with seven goals on the day.
Price led Del State on the day with five goals while Salgado recorded three.Each team fielded seven players and a goalie for every contest.
Games were 25 minutes long with a running clock and two-minute halftime break in addition to a 10-minute break between games.
The tournament winner was established through a total points system with a win equaling three points, a tie one point and a loss totaling no points.
The Hornets wrap up the spring slate with a 1 p.m. matchup against Salisbury at Alumni Stadium.