Beam’s hat trick propels IR soccer to 5-0 win vs. Cape
The Indian River High School girls’ soccer team continued their impressive shutout streak last Wednesday, April 9, dominating Division 1 foe Cape Henlopen 5-0. Three of those scores, and an assist, were off the foot of sophomore forward Brooke Beam.
Sophomore midfielder Ailene Guzman and freshman forward Maddie Hogsten also notched goals in the matchup, and Hogsten and junior defender Sarah Buchler added an assist each.
The three-goal performance by Beam added up to her 13th goal of the season, just six games in, which has her leading the team. The sophomore standout also leads the team in assists, with six. Hogsten is the squad’s second-leading points-scorer so far, with eight (five goals, three assists), with junior midfielder Brianna Belfoire not far behind, with six points (three goals, three assists). The rest of the team’s impressive offensive production has been scattered between both veterans and underclassmen.
Despite not seeing much action due to the offensive attack in the past four games, senior goalkeeper Alex Myers notably has notched 38 saves on the year so far, 23 of which came against Caesar Rodney.
The April 9 victory marked the Lady Indians’ fourth straight shutout and, at 5-1, gave head coach Steve Kilby’s squad a one-game lead in the Henlopen South, putting them 1.5 games behind Archmere Academy (7-0), which currently leads the state in the Division II DIAA standings.
Since the team’s out-of-character 7-1 loss at Caesar Rodney in the second game of the season, they have bounced back to outscore their last four opponents by an astonishing collective score of 26-0.
Last Tuesday’s matchup up against Delmar (4-2) was canceled due to rain and rescheduled for Wednesday, April 16, (after Coastal Point press time). That game will be particularly important in this year’s Henlopen South title race.
On Thursday, April 17, the girls will travel to Laurel (1-4), and they weren’t scheduled to play again until after spring break ends, on Tuesday, April 29, against Dover. That match begins at 7 p.m. and marks the Lady Indians’ second-to-last regular-season home game.