This Week in Blue Hens Athletics History

Presented by Courtyard By Marriott at the University of Delaware

University of Delaware Athletics takes a weekly look back at some of the more memorable dates in Blue Hen history.

Compiled by Zach Lopes, UD Student Intern

MEN'S SOCCER: Blue Hens Top Defending ECC Champion Drexel

October 16, 1982

NEWARK, Del.  --  An outstanding effort by goalkeeper David Whitcraft and two goals by John Petito led the University of Delaware men's soccer team to a 3-0 victory over defending East Coast Conference champion Drexel.

Petito scored on a breakaway by finessing his shot over the charging Drexel goaltender making the score at half 1-0. 

In the second half, Drexel’s persistent attack was consistently blanked by Blue Hens' goalkeeper Whitcraft as he totaled 10 saves for the match and accumulating his fourth shutout of the year.

Delaware regained the momentum on a Rick Potts header with an assist by Robbie Griffiths increasing the lead to 2-0. Petito, with an assist from Mike Stanford, then scored the final goal for the Hens in the 62nd minute.

“Whitcraft was just outstanding for us,” said Delaware head coach Loren Kline. “He kept us in the game with several fine saves when Drexel was making a run at us. We weren’t particularly sharp with our passing, but we were able to come up with the ball in the net.”