“We went up early, 1-0, on a quality finish by Jeff Rose before Michael Roberts tied the game with good hustle by Brady Ballew,” said head coach Pete Fewing. “The guys played really well, I’m really proud of them and proud of the efforts today. We had eight guys who played their first collegiate games this weekend, so I’m really proud of all their effort. Jake Feener made some fantastic saves on goal and couldn’t have been faulted for any of the goals. It was a very good challenge for us and it’s a learning process.”
The Redhawks took the early lead, 1-0, in the third minute as Jeff Rose (Carmichael, Calif.) took a shot seven yards out from center, sinking the ball into the left side for his first career goal.
The Blue Hens tied the game in the 12th minute as Guillermo Delgado scored his third goal of the season, assisted by Roberto Gimenez and Jaime Martinez, from the top left corner.
Taking their first lead, Delaware’s Prince Nartey scored on a penalty kick in the 21st minute to lead, 2-1, which remained the halftime score.
Seattle U evened the score at two in the 69th minute as Michael Roberts (Issaquah, Wash.) headed the ball into the net off a corner kick.
With each team making a combined 11 more unsuccessful shots over the remainder of regulation, the match went into overtime, the Redhawks’ first overtime match of the season.
Nearing the end of the first overtime period, Delaware’s Evan Reed headed the ball into the net off a corner kick by Kyle Nuel, the golden goal, as the Blue Hens took the 3-2 victory.
In goal, Jake Feener (Rocklin, Calif.) made eight saves in the complete game, while Delaware’s Borja Barbero made four saves in the complete game victory.
Miguel Gonzalez (Yelm, Wash.) led the Redhawks with four shots, three on goal while Gimenez led the Blue Hens with six shots, two on goal, also adding an assist. As a team, Delaware outshot Seattle U, 23-11.
Kyle Bjornethun (Snohomish, Wash.), Shane Mahvi (San Diego, Calif.), Ian Hines-Ike (Littleton, Colo.), Rose, Jonathan Massimino (San Ramon, Calif.), Brandon Marquez (Las Cruces, N.M.), Jordan Bingham (Ontario, Calif.), and Darrell Hannah (Nelson New Zealand) all saw their first collegiate action over the weekend.
The Redhawks return to the west coast for a pair of games in California next weekend, facing UC Davis on Friday, Sept. 6 and Sacramento State on Sunday, Sept. 8. They will host Georgia State on Friday, Sept. 20 in their regular season home opener.