Roundup: Hens stun No. 23 ranked West Virginia in soccer

Rex Twum scored the game’s only goal in the 20th minute and Renan Thomazo made some key saves in the second half as Delaware toppled No. 23 West Virginia, 1-0, in men’s soccer on Monday evening.

It was the Blue Hens’ eighth win over a ranked opponent and the first since a 2-1 victory at No. 20 Maryland in 2015.

The Hens (1-1) carried play for a majority of the first half, taking six of the nine shots in the period, before denting the scoreboard 19:24 into the contest.

Ryan Mertz collected a loose ball in the box before sending a short pass to Twum, who fired a shot from 10 yards out into the top left corner of the goal.

The Mountaineers (1-1) did not have a shot on goal through the first 68 minutes, but were awarded a penalty kick in the 69th minute. WVU’s Pascal Derwaritsch fired a rocket toward the left side of the cage, but Thomazo stretched out to make a diving save and keep Delaware in front.

Thomazo stopped four more shots the rest of the way, including getting a piece of an attempt by Tony Pineda in the 80th minute, to preserve the shutout.

“This is one of my proudest moments in the 14 years I’ve been here, against a very good, nationally-ranked West Virginia team,” said UD coach Ian Hennessy. “I’m thrilled for the players.”

College volleyball

DSU’s Valentin honored: Delaware State outside hitter Anadys Valentin was named the Rookie of the Week by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Valentin tallied 57 kills and just 15 errors in 148 attempts (.284 hitting pct.), to go along with 44 digs in four matches at the MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Montgomery, Ala. She was also credited with seven blocks and six service aces.

College field hockey

Hens’ Strien wins award: Delaware junior Femke Strien was named the first Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week this season.

Strien helped lead the Blue Hens to a 2-0 start with two goals against Miami, Ohio on Monday afternoon. A two-time CAA Rookie of the Week in 2017, she now has three career game-winning goals.

Little League

Dover holding elections: The Board of Directors of Dover Little League will hold their annual elections on Thursday at 7 p.m. inside the league board room. For additional information, visit doverll.com, go to Facebook page at DVRLL or call 302-535-2067.

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