As quietly as proverbial church mice, the No. 10 Indian River varsity girl’s soccer team has become a contender in the state rankings. The Lady Indians served up three shutout victories in five days as they improved their record to 6-0-1.
Indian River eeked their way past local rivals Sussex Central and Sussex Tech (April 14 and 19, respectively) in 1-0 victories and stormed past Seaford 9-0 on April 16.
The 1-0 win over Tech allowed the Lady Indians an opportunity to work on their passing skills as they put each other in position to score.
“The field was so big and smooth that it gave us a chance to make good passes,” said Head Coach Howard Gerken.
Sophomore Molly Chamberlin scored the Lady Indians only goal (20:00) but they could potentially have had more.
“Marlena Schliefer stole the ball at midfield and had a one-on-one scoring opportunity, but she missed the goal. She kicked it well and it was headed for the top right pocket of the goal, but it hit the cross bar,” said Gerken.
The game against Seaford allowed more scoring opportunities. Six different players scored in the 9-0 victory. Chamberlin scored both first goals of each half (5:37, 44:19), with one assist by senior Sam Hauck.
Freshman Michelle Giorgilli also scored three goals (35:34, 38:13, 61:00) and provided one assist to junior Ali Ambrose (49:07). Sophomore Danielle Hall gathered a Schliefer pass to score (50:46). Sophomore Shawnee Seitz dished two assists and kicked a key penalty kick (32:41) for the second goal of the game.
“Once Shawnee kicked that penalty shot, I knew she was the one to take the shot,” said Gerken, referring to a first half penalty kick (28:34) during the April 19 Sussex Central game. Seitz punted that ball in for the only score of the game.
“We were able to keep the pressure on them all game. Their coach pulled their goalie and went with four up front to try to score. They had nothing to lose at that point, only down 1-0,” said Gerken.
Overall, Gerken said, he was pleased with the success his team has achieved so far.
“If you would’ve told me that we would’ve only allowed one goal this year, I would’ve called you crazy — especially with all the questions at goalie,” said Gerken, referring to the team’s two rookie goalies at season’s end.
“Right now, our defense is the strength of our team. But we’re depending on them too much. We need to take advantage of the offensive opportunities give to us,” Gerken concluded.
The Lady Indians were set to take on Delmar on April 21, St. Thomas More on April 23 and Seaford on April 26.