Men’s soccer hosts tournament game
SPORTS | For the first-time in over 40 years, the men’s soccer program hosted an NCAA tournament game last season.
The Blue Hens took on St. John’s in a first-round match Nov. 21 on the UD campus. Despite having fallen in the Colonial Athletic Association semifinals on penalty kicks to eventual champion Drexel the previous week, UD received an at-large bid to the 48-team bracket thanks to a program- and league-best 14 overall wins.
“I am delighted for our athletic department, for our school, but most of all for our players,” head coach Ian Hennessy said when the announcement was made. “We saw the players’ excitement and reaction when they found out they will be the first team [since 1970] to host an NCAA game.”
In that first round of the tournament, Delaware (14-5-1) compiled a great comeback effort against St. John’s (11-6-2) as the Blue Hens tied the game in the last two minutes of regulation, but UD eventually lost 2-1 in overtime.
The last time Delaware received a bid to the national tournament was in 2011, when the Hens beat the University of Virginia 1-0 in double overtime in the first round before falling to top-seeded UCLA.
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