Indian River fútbol rollos Sussex Central en Latin Patrimonio Noche
Father-and-son head coaches squared off Tuesday night, Oct. 22, when Sussex Central High School hosted Indian River High School for the soccer team’s annual Latin Heritage Night. IR head coach Steve Kilby continued his win streak against his son and Sussex Central head coach Patrick Kilby, as the Indians ran away with the 7-1 victory.
“It’s an intense game,” the elder Kilby described of the family rivalry. “We’ve had the luck of the run for the last five or six years. Someday, that will probably change, and that’s something [Patrick] wants to see happen.”
There was a tremendous local showing for the now-yearly heritage event, complete with authentic Latin American cuisine at the concession stand and a live broadcast and play-by-play in Spanish.
Indian River junior midfielder Luis Cruz returned in his first full game coming off a groin injury and was a major factor in the win, with two unassisted goals.
“He is in my opinion, one of the best players in the state,” Steve Kilby claimed after the game. “We are a different team without him. He runs things for us, [with] his vision and the way he plays. It’s just the difference-maker for us.”
Central was competitive early on, but Kilby was able to make an adjustment for the Indians that changed the game’s entire dynamic.
“They were playing high,” he explained. “I moved Mac Smith out wide and got Danny Garza high on the other side, and the ball started channeling down the flanks.”
Garza got the scoring started with an assist from IR senior midfielder Greg Ray, to make it 1-0. Cruz scored, unassisted, just over a minute later, to put the Indians up 2-0. Ray continued the Indians’ offensive assault with an assist from senior forward Luan Sales, and Cruz was attributed a goal when Central accidentally scored on themselves, to make it 4-0 at the end of the half.
The Golden Knights weren’t able to turn things around in the second half, as goals by Sales and senior defender Sam Izzo put the Indians up 6-0 and they began pulling some of their starters. Sussex Central finally got on the board against the Indian underclassmen with a goal from senior Jose Barrios, to make it 6-1.
Freshman forward Johan Trejada answered the call shortly afterwards with the game’s final goal, off the assist from sophomore forward Carlos Alvarez and freshman defender Max Strong.
The win marks the Indians’ third straight victory on the road and fifth straight win overall. With Tuesday’s win, they sat at 8-2-1 on the season and were undefeated at 5-0 in Henlopen South play. A win at Woodbridge on Thursday, Oct. 24, (after Coastal Point press time) would lock up the conference.
The Indians’ five-game road stint will continue after that, when IR travels to Camden to face Caesar Rodney. The 11-1 Riders can be expected to challenge the surging Indians, as the typically do. Last year, the game was close, but Indian River was able to pull out a 3-2 victory.
“It’s a challenging end of the season,” Steve Kilby commented. “The timing is good because we’re getting healthy again. Hopefully, we’ll show well under pressure.”