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Delaware men stay unbeaten behind Carlos Fernandez hat trick



Photo courtesy of University of Delaware Athletics

Carlos Fernandez got on his bike to tie it up and then completed the first Blue Hens hat trick since 2004 to lead Delaware to a thrilling comeback win over William & Mary on Saturday night.

The senior forward from Spain opened the scoring to put Delaware in front but after two William & Mary goals sparked the comeback to keep Delaware unbeaten through their first five games to start the season.

Fernandez’s hat trick was the first since Sobhan Tadjalli did it in 2004 and the win over the Tribe was the program’s first since 2016. Fernandez’s star performance comes after a tough 2022 where his season was cut short due to injury after only two appearances.

“As happy as we are with the result, we’re even happier with how the performance reflected the character in our group. We regrouped and we’re able to play to our identity more after the break,” Head Coach Tommy McMenemy stated in a news release. “Our ball movement in the second half was closer to the style of play we’re trying to implement, and that allowed us to dominate the game as we set out to do. Carlos deserves a special mention today, as this time last year he was recovering from a season ending injury, so the whole staff and team is delighted for him.”

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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