Indian River soccer team falls one game short of state title
The Indian River boys' soccer team has completed one of the finest seasons in the program's history with a 17-2 record overall, a dozen shutouts, second place in the state tournament and wonderful memories.
The Indian River boys' soccer team has completed one of the finest seasons in the program's history with a 17-2 record overall, a dozen shutouts, second place in the state tournament and wonderful memories. The Indian's only two losses were against a powerful Salesianum squad, who won the championship for the second straight year.
After the championship game, coach Steve Kilby stated how proud he was of his young team. "We gave a great effort all season long, we played well, and again I could not be more proud of this group of players," he said.
The old adage about defense winning championships can be readily seen if you followed the Indians this season. Right from the start, the team played solid, hard-nosed defense, shutting out their first three opponents in wins over Milford, Sussex Tech, and Woodbridge, a great feat at any level. After defeating Cape Henlopen 2-1, the team proceeded to shut out Smyrna and Lake Forest to run the record to 6-0.
After a few close games, the defense clamped down again with four more shutouts in their next five games.
At this point in the season, the team was playing superb soccer, with the great defense and goal keeping of junior Samuel Cannon and freshman Ian Walls, there was a special feeling about this team and this season. In addition the offense was playing very well, control games and coming up with important goals as the situations warranted. This was a team on a mission!
The offense turned in incredible performances defeating Lake Forest 9-0, and beating Laurel 7-0 in the regular season. The scoring was led by freshman Luis Cruz, junior Samuel Izzo and junior Julio Garzaa.
Once the DIAA tournament began, the team remained in high gear, beating McKean 2-0, edging Appoquinimink 1-0 and upsetting St. George's Tech 3-0 on a cold and blustery Saturday afternoon.
Unfortunately, the Indians fell to Salesianum 4-0 in the championship game at Smyrna High School on November 20th in a very well played game. Sals' coach Scott Mosier said the Indians gave his team everything and more that they could handle, and credited IR's great defense for keeping them in the contest until late in the game. "We also felt that if they had scored first (that night) then they probably would have taken home the championship trophy, they played that well on defense," he said.
Watch for the 2013 edition of the Indians. The team may well make another title run next year as the 2012 team featured plenty of sophomore and juniors, as well as two talented freshmen in Walls and midfielder Carlos Alvarez.