BROOKLINE, MA – The University of Delaware men's soccer team will
travel north for a mid-week Colonial Athletic Association match against
the Northeastern University Huskies Wednesday, October 10 at 7 p.m. at
NU's Parsons Field.
"The next three games are a critical stretch for us," Delaware head
coach Ian Hennessy said about his squad's toughest stretch in their CAA
schedule. "We are on the road against the current top three teams in the
CAA in Northeastern, James Madison and Drexel, as these three teams that
are all vying for their own NCAA slot next month."
Delaware (3-7-2, 1-1-1 CAA) enters the match coming off a dramatic 0-0
double-overtime tie with No. 11 Old Dominion on Sunday while
Northeastern (7-1-2, 2-0-1 CAA) is riding a six-match winning streak in
which the Huskies have posted a 4-0-2 record.
Wednesday's match marks the 20th time the Blue Hens have played the
Huskies since 1991, with Delaware owning a 3-14-2 record, including a
2-1 victory during the regular season and a 0-0 win in penalty kicks
last season during the CAA Tournament.
UD looks to capitalize on the momentum from the double-overtime tie
against No. 11 Old Dominion as the Blue Hens embarks on their longest
road trip during CAA action. Freshman forward Joe Dipre's three goals
and seven points lead the Blue Hens while junior forward Roberto Gimenez
is the only Blue Hen with multiple goals (two) and assists (two) on the
season. Sophomore captain Tobias Muller has returned to the starting
lineup, anchoring a defensive backfield that includes junior John
Dineen, sophomore Ignacio Martin, and sophomore Kyle Nuel.
Northeastern is led by eighth-year head coach Brian Ainscough, who has
17 lettterwinners returning from a squad that went 10-6-3 last year. In
the eight years that Ainscough has been at the helm at NU, the Huskies
have made it to the CAA Tournament six times.
The Huskies are led by reigning CAA Player of the Week, senior
goalkeeper Oliver Blum, who has three shutouts and a 0.63 GAA through 15
matches this season. Former CAA Player of the Week, senior forward Don
Anding, has seven goals and two assists and leads NU in both categories.
"If we can get a couple of results and bring the conference run-in back
to our home ground, where we play three of our last four games, that
would be a terrific accomplishment," Hennessy added. "We have drawn some
very good home crowds for the last two years in our conference run and
this has been a huge help to the lads."
The Blue Hens will continue their CAA schedule on Sunday, October 14 at
2 p.m. when UD travels to Harrisonburg, Va. to play the James Madison
University Dukes at 2 p.m. at JMU's University Park.