Dover, Del. (Oct. 6, 2017) --- Delaware State scored two first period goals and held on for a 2-1 women’s soccer victory over Hampton at Alumni Stadium this evening. The Hornets notched their first win of the season (1-10-1), while Hampton fell to 2-8.
DSU opened the scoring when Braxton Clark fired a shot off the left post and past Hampton goal keeper Haley Nelson from 15 yards out in the 9th minute (8:35). The goal was Clark’s first of the season and fourth in her career.
About eight minutes later (16:38), Kalyn Fauntleroy gave the Hornets a 2-0 lead on a center shot off a pass from Kori Johnson. Fauntleroy also scored for the first time this season and raised her career total to three.
The Hornets were holding onto the two-goal lead when DSU goal keeper Leslie Fazio was issued a red card and ejected from the contest when her hands made contact with the ball outside the keepers box in the 72nd minute (71:18).
Kori Johnson replaced Fazio in goal for Delaware State. She recorded a save on a shot by Hampton’s Isobel Finnegan in the 84th minute.
The Pirates avoided being shutout when Finnegan beat Johnson on a shot with 52 seconds left to play, but the Hornets were able to run out the clock to preserve the win.
‘I’m so proud of the effort of our team tonight,” said Delaware State second year head coach Kortney Rhoades. “We’ve been making progress, especially on defense, in the last few games and it’s nice to have that effort rewarded with a win. Hampton is also progressing as a team, so this was a hard fought win against a determined opponent.”
Fauntleroy and Johnson, along with McKenzie Miller, DSU’s 2017 seniors, were honored during a pre-game ceremony.
The Hornets return to action on Monday (Oct. 9) against Loyola (Md.) at the new DE Turf Sports Complex in Frederica, Del. The match is set for 7 p.m.