Indian River Soccer locks up South Conference
The Indian River High School soccer team secured the Henlopen South title with their 6-0 win at Woodbridge on Thursday, Oct. 24.
The Indians saw goals from six different players in the high scoring affair, including junior defender Sean Whelen, senior midfielder Greg Ray, junior midfielder Luis Cruz, senior forward Luan Sales, senior defender Sam Izzo, and junior midfielder Danny Garza. IR has now beaten Woodbridge by at least four goals for the past five years.
The team’s real test came against Caesar Rodney when they traveled to Camden on Saturday Oct. 26 to face the Henlopen North champion Riders. Luis Cruz put the Indians up 1-0 with a goal assisted by Danny Garza, and Greg Ray scored unassisted to give them a 2-0 lead in the second half. Junior forward Thomas Aloe scored for CR to bring the Riders back within one, but it would be too little too late and the game ended 2-1 in favor of Indian River.
IR will face Caesar Rodney again in the newly implemented Henlopen Conference Championship game this Saturday Nov. 2 at Milford High School at 6 p.m. Both teams should be well aware of what to expect, as the game comes just a week after their last matchup.
On senior night, Tuesday Oct. 29, the Indians fell 2-1 to Henlopen North foe Cape Henlopen. The Vikings finish the season 14-1, however their only loss to Caesar Rodney was enough to knock them out of conference championship contention.
After a scoreless first half, senior forward Max Euler put the Vikings up 1-0 with an unassisted goal after a penalty kick. Luis Cruz tied the game at one with a penalty kick of his own later in the half, but Vikings’ midfielder Will Swontek put Cape back up 2-1 with yet another unassisted goal.
Cruz would have an opportunity to tie the game with another penalty kick late in the half, but Viking goalkeeper Griffin Kammerer made one of his six key saves to dash the Indians’ hopes.
The Indians will face Sussex Tech on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31 (after Coastal Point press time) in their final regular season game this year. The Ravens are 8-5-1 so far this season. Last year, IR won the matchup at Indian River, 1-0. The game begins at 7 p.m. at Sussex Technical High School.