NEWARK, Del. – The defenses shined for both teams Wednesday afternoon and scoring was limited as No. 14 Delaware outlasted Liberty 1-0, in a NCAA tournament play-in game at Rullo Stadium.
With the victory, Delaware (17-4) sets a school single-season win record. The Hens previously won 16 games in 1978, '82 and '88. Liberty ended a 12-game winning streak and finished the season with a mark of 17-5.
UD advances to play No. 3 North Carolina at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. at the Tar Heels’ Francis E. Henry Stadium.
The two teams held a scoreless tie until the 64th minute, when Delaware seniorscored her 10th goal of the season and the lone goal of the season on a penalty corner. Senior and sophomore assisted Prettyman on the play.
Coming in to the game, both teams were ranked in the top five in the nation while averaging more than 3.3 goals per contest. Both teams were also in the top nine nationally with mpre than 9.4 points per game.
Delaware senior goaliecollected a game-high six saves while Liberty’s Ann Jefferis registered two saves on the day.