Cordoba’s goal in 40th minute sends IR soccer past Caravel, to semi-finals


Special to the Coastal Point • Melissa Timmons: IR senior forward Mikie Mochiam moves the ball upfield during the Indians 1-0 quarterfinal win over Caravel last Saturday.Special to the Coastal Point • Melissa Timmons: IR senior forward Mikie Mochiam moves the ball upfield during the Indians 1-0 quarterfinal win over Caravel last Saturday.At Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, Nov. 16, the Indian River High School soccer team was either headed to the DIAA state championship game, or they weren’t.

After a 1-0 win over Caravel on Saturday, Nov. 12, the No. 1-seeded Indians punched their ticket to the semi-final game against No. 12 St. Georges on Wednesday — needing a win to stay alive and earn a bid and a chance at a second-straight state title.

Coming off a second-straight Henlopen Conference championship and first-round bye, the Indians took on No. 9-seeded Caravel at Milford High School during last Saturday’s quarter-final match and managed to advance with a 1-0 victory.

The game’s lone goal came in the 40th minute, when senior forward Johan Cordoba finished a chance after a corner kick from senior midfielder Edgardo Velasquez.

Headed into the semi-final game on Wednesday, St. Georges was riding the upset with tournament wins over No. 5 Archmere and No. 4 Newark Charter.

The winner of the matchup will face either No. 2 St. Andrews or No. 3 Tower Hill, who were also scheduled to face off in the semi-finals at Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

The DIAA state championship game is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19, on the turf at Smyrna High School at 5 p.m. Ticket prices are set at $7.

The Coastal Point will provide updated information on the Indians’ semi-final appearance and possible championship appearance online at coastalpoint.com, and on Coastal Point sports’ social media accounts.