The Indian River High School soccer team is off to their first 2-0 start since the 2012 season, after taking down Delmar 9-0 in a division matchup on Thursday, Sept. 15.
Senior forward Mikie Mochiam got the Indians on the board first, taking a pass from senior midfielder Mac Smith and finding the net in just the fourth minute.
Smith set up the game’s first three goals and finished with four assists on the day, finding senior midfielder Johan Cordoba and junior forward Oscar Cruz in the 12th and 28th minutes, respectively, to put IR up 3-0.
Cordoba scored unassisted just before the break — his second of three goals on the night, with the hat trick coming in the game’s 43rd minute on an assist from Mochiam.
Cruz found the net again the 53rd minute, on a ball from junior Wilberth Gomez, with Gomez netting a goal himself in the 60th minute.
Senior Jordi Ramirez made it 8-0 after that, and freshman Jared Cordoba capped the ninth and final goal by way of the first goal of his varsity career, in the 74th minute.
The Indians were looking to make it 2-0 in the division and 3-0 overall when they traveled to Milford on Thursday, Sept. 22, (after Coastal Point press time) to take on the Bucs.
Last season, IR managed a 3-0 victory against one of the Henlopen South’s more formidable opponents.
What is likely to be their toughest test of the season will go down after that, when they head up to Cape Henlopen for the second annual new-look “Kilby Clash” between IR head coach Steve Kilby and Kilby’s son, Pat Kilby, who took over as head coach of the Vikings last season.
Prior to 2015, coaching at Sussex Central High School, Pat Kilby had never beaten his father — in either boys’ or girls’ soccer — but finally earned his first career victory against the elder Kilby during the regular season on Sept. 29, 2015, as the Vikings edged the Indians by way of an own-goal and score of 2-1.
The Indians earned some redemption when the two teams met again in the Henlopen Conference championship game on Nov. 3, when Mike Mochiam’s goal in overtime on a ball from Johan Cordoba sent IR to 1-0 victory and eventual Division II state championship.
The Vikings were knocked out of the D-I semi-finals by Salesianum in similar fashion, taking eventual D-I state-champion Sallies to overtime before giving up a goal in the 89th minute in a 1-0 loss.
This year’s matchup between IR and Cape will get under way on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. at Cape Henlopen High School. For live scoring updates, follow @CPointSports on Twitter.
IR game stats vs. Delmar:
Goals: Jo. Cordoba (3), O. Cruz (2), M. Mochiam (1), W. Gomez (1), J. Ramirez (1), Ja. Cordoba (1)
Assists: M. Smith (4), M. Mochiam (2), W. Gomez (1)