NEWARK – The 2014-15 college sports season opened with a victory for the University of Delaware as the Blue Hens' women's soccer team defeated Monmouth, 3-2, Friday night at Grant Stadium. Emily Market provided the winning tally with just 2:26 left to play.
Market, a preseason all-Colonial Athletic Association forward, tucked the ball under the hands of Monmouth keeper Nicole D'Agostino from 15 yards out to break the 2-2 stalemate and give her team the victory. It was Delaware's first season-opening win since 2010, when the Hens shut out Delaware State, 7-0.
This was UD's first win over Monmouth in six tries. The Hawks (0-1) went 17-2-2 last year, winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and earning a berth in the NCAA tournament. Sixteen of those wins were by shutout.
Delaware (1-0) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute on senior Rachel Vaccaro's first career goal, but Monmouth tied things up when Alexa Freguletti scored with just under five minutes remaining in the first half.
The Blue Hens took their second lead just over six minutes into the second half. Natalie Zelenky took a feed from Andi Arnold and capitalized. Again, Freguletti netted the equalizer for Monmouth, connecting on a penalty kick with 28:13 remaining.
Hens goalkeeper Kailyn Rekos posted two saves and earned the win in her first career start.
Delaware, which is celebrating the 25th year of women's soccer as a varsity sport, returns to the pitch Sunday at noon, traveling to St. Francis (Pa.) to meet the Red Flash.