Seven different players scored in Indian River High School’s 9-0 win over Seaford on Thursday, April 14. In doing so, four of those Indians players scored the first goals of their high-school soccer careers.
“Everyone on this team, I think, has scored a goal. I feel like I’m a part of the team officially now,” said senior Kayla McCarra after the game. “The more touches on the ball we get, the better for us.”
Despite some new names being announced over the loudspeakers, it was some familiar ones being called early on. In fact, less than a minute in, junior forward Maddie Hogsten found the net on a ball from senior midfielder Brooke Beam, to make it 1-0.
Then, just two minutes later, Hogsten would find Beam, to push the lead to 2-0. By the 12th minute, the Indians found themselves already leading 5-0 — by way of scores from senior midfielder Emma Engel, another from Hogsten and one from freshman Skyler McClure.
“Making varsity and scoring my first goal as a freshman — it felt amazing,” said McClure.
McClure would go on to tally her second career goal while still in the first half; however, she wasn’t the only freshman to find the net.
Freshman Isabella Keith would join in on the action with a score off an assist from Beam, to make it 6-0 in the 27th minute, and go on to tally an assist of her own on McClure’s second goal of the game, just before the break. More impressively, both had occurred after head coach Steve Kilby placed a few restrictions on his team in the name of sportsmanship.
“Seaford is a smaller program, and it looks like their numbers are down a little bit this year,” he explained. “We wanted to focus on speed of play, staying compact defensively and countering off of when we win the ball to get forward.”
“It was good practice for us, getting into formation and passing the ball around the field,” added Keith. “It felt great, being a freshman and scoring your first goal on varsity. It’s a good feeling.”
McCarra’s goal had come unassisted early in the second half, and freshman outside back Grace Engel would finally find the net to make it 9-0 in the 63rd minute, for the Indians’ ninth and final goal of the game.
“I felt accomplished after I scored my first goal… I tried all game long,” Engel said with a laugh.
The division win put the Indians at 5-0 overall, and 3-0 in the Henlopen South on the season, as they got ready to switch gears for a battle at rival Caesar Rodney (5-1, 2-0). However, that game was moved from its original Tuesday, April 19, date to Monday, May 2, due to a scheduling conflict.
Instead, the girls’ were revving up for another South matchup on Thursday, April 21, (after Coastal Point press time), when they were set to travel to Lake Forest (5-0, 3-0), looking to take control of the division. That game was to kick off at 4 p.m.