RICHMOND, Va.- A University of Delaware freshman men's soccer player is making a huge impact on the team.
During his first week of collegiate games, forward Guillermo Delgado earned the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week honors.
A native of Tres Cantos, Spain (Jose Luis Sampedro High School,) Delgado earned the first Rookie of the Week honor of the year and became the first Blue Hen player to earn the award since Joe Dipre on Nov. 5, 2012.
Delgado is off to a great start, having scored three goals in Delaware season-opening weekend as the Blue Hens beat UNLV, 3-1 on Friday and 3-2 (OT) over Seattle on Sunday afternoon. He scored Delaware's first two goals against the Rebels Friday night, including the game winner.
Delgado's performance allowed him to become the eighth freshman in program history to score two goals in his first collegiate game. The two-goal performance in the season-opener is the first by a Delaware freshman since John Sellers in 1988.
During his game against the Redhawks on Sunday, Delgado scored the game-tying goal in the 11th minute of the contest. The freshman leads the Blue Hens in points (6,) goals (3,) and has registered a .714 shot on goal percentage in his first two games.
Delaware head coach Ian Hennessy believes the soccer program as a whole is off to a "fabulous" start.
"Of course, individually the numbers show that Guillermo claims the accolades," Hennessy said. "But he will also be the first to acknowledge that this weekend, the team was the true star."
Delaware is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2006. Delgado and the Blue Hens will return to Delaware Mini-Stadium this Friday, Sept. 6, for a 7:30 p.m. game against Manhattan. Admission is free for all participants.