Behind three first-half goals in the span of 12 minutes, the University of Delaware men’s soccer team succumbed to Towson University, 3-2, in Colonial Athletic Association action Wednesday night at Delaware Mini Stadium.
Delaware (3-7-1, 1-1 CAA) remains winless at Delaware Mini Stadium this season while Towson (4-5, 2-1 CAA) won its first road conference match of the season.
“I thought we played really well, but it was the first 15 minutes of the match that determined the outcome,” Delaware head coach Ian Hennessy said. “We allowed three goals in a 12-minute span and anytime we allow three goals in a match it is difficult to overcome.”
The Blue Hens took an early 1-0 advantage at the 4:46 mark of the first half when freshman forward Joe Dipre (at right) slashed through Towson’s defense and with a helpful assist from junior forward Roberto Gimenez, knocked the ball into the back of the net for the matches first goal.
Towson’s Olakunle Banjo knotted the match at 1-1 with his third goal of the season in the 12th minute of the match when the forward played a give-and-go with C.J. Corey and knocked the ball into the lower right side of the net. Corey tallied an assist on the play.
Enrico Skrypzak scored his first goal of the match from a helpful assist on a crossing pass by Banjo the 13:43 mark of the first half.
A second goal by TU’s Skrypzak during the 24th minute of the match was chipped into the back of the goal after Delaware goalkeeper Jay Lupas ventured too far out of position and provided the eventual game-winning knock for the Tigers
Dipre narrowed the gap at to 3-2 at the 32:05 mark of the first half when he scored his second goal of the match when the freshman kicked the ball into the back of the goal.
During the 45 minutes of the second half, Delaware and Towson had several offensive chances, but did not capitalize on them that resulted in the Tigers securing the 3-2 victory.
The Blue Hens outshot the Tigers, 17-13, in defeat. Towson’s goalkeepr Max Petermann tallied six saves in the win while UD’s Lupas had two saves in the loss.
The Blue Hens return to Delaware Mini Stadium on Sunday, October 7 at 4 p.m. when Delaware hosts No 14 Old Dominion University Monarchs. Sunday’s match is a part of a Delaware soccer doubleheader as the woman’s soccer team will host Northeastern University at 1 p.m.