Beam nets first career NCAA goal in 3-1 win over Scared Heart
She scored more than 100 of them during her career at Indian River High School alone, but just last Sunday, former Indian and current Richmond freshman Brooke Beam scored her first-ever goal in the NCAA.
Fresh off an Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week award, Beam and the Spiders headed into the VCU Invitational at 2-1, looking for wins in matchups against Holy Cross and Sacred Heart on Friday, Sept. 2, and Sunday, Sept. 4.
Beam put two shots on goal in the 3-2 overtime win against Holy Cross but finally put one past the keeper in the 3-1 win over Sacred Heart, taking a pass from teammate Olivia Aha in the 77th minute, beating multiple Pioneer defenders and sending a long shot to the back of the net for the score.
The Spiders moved to 4-1 on the season with the wins and were set to take on the University of Virginia on Thursday, Sept. 8, in Charlottesville. Beam now has one goal and two assists through five games this season.
UD romps over Del State 56-14, Jarmon moves to WR
After shuffling positions in 2015, and after making the move back to football from Minor League Baseball, Indian River High School graduate Jamie Jarmon seems to finally have found a home at wide receiver for the University of Delaware.
Trimming down to 205 pounds for the position switch, Jarmon began his sophomore campaign with the Blue Hens in a 56-14 win over Delaware State on Thursday, Sept. 1, hauling in one reception for 8 yards in the matchup.
Gatorade Player of the Year at quarterback for the Indians in 2011, and second-round draft pick by the Texas Rangers in 2012, Jarmon spent time at quarterback, defensive back and wide receiver and returning kicks for the Blue Hens in 2015.
Delaware started the season 1-0 with the win and will face Lafayette in Easton, Pa., on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m.
Garza scores, Cruz joins squad, Wolverines see OT in first three games
With the addition of Luis Cruz, three members of the 2014 Indian River High School state championship soccer team have now taken their talents to Wesley College.
Cruz will be a freshman this season after sitting out in 2015, joining former and now again current teammates Danny Garza and Sean Whelen.
In the trio’s first three games back together, they’ve now seen three games head to overtime, winning their first matchup of the 2016 season against McDaniel on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2-1, tying East Mennonite 0-0 in double-OT on Saturday, Sept. 3, and then tying Bridgewater (Va.) 1-1 on Sunday, Sept. 4, to start the season 1-0-2.
Current Wesley College sophomore forward, former All-State selection at IR and member of the original River Soccer “Frankford Crew” Danny Garza scored the Wolverines’ lone goal in the matchup against Bridgewater.
Last year, with Garza and Whelen in their freshman campaigns, Wesley finish 9-9-1, and was a contender for the Capital Athletic Conference title until a late-season loss to Salisbury.
Next up, they’ll take on Randolph-Macon at home on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m.
Mercedes, Gonzalez named South Atlantic League All-stars
The South Atlantic League Commissioner’s Office announced its 2016 Post-Season All-Star selections last week, naming two Delmarva Shorebirds to the list.
Catcher Yermin Mercedes and LHP Brian Gonzalez both made the cut, with the All-Star lineup card consisting of only 14 players (one from each position, including one UT, one DH, one LHP, one RHP and a relief pitcher).
Mercedes spent the majority of his season with Delmarva, before being promoted to the Frederick Keys — the Baltimore Orioles’ Class-A Advanced affiliate — on Aug. 1.
While with the Shorebirds, he owned the league’s highest batting average (.352) and top slugging percentage (.579), and knocked 14 homeruns.
Mercedes was also named a Mid-Season All-Star, earned two Player of the Week selections and was named the SAL Player of the Month for the month of July.
Gonzalez is currently the Orioles’ No. 19 ranked Major League prospect, still with the Shorebirds after being drafted by Baltimore in the third round in 2014.