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Drew Blackwell lifts Salesianum to a 2-1 win in a DIAA Division

302sports 82 Nov 14

DOVER – Drew Blackwell scored two goals, including the eventual game-winner in the 53rd minute, to lift Salesianum to a 2-1 win in a DIAA Division I boys soccer semifinal on Nov. 13 at Dover High School. The Sals will meet Caesar Rodney for the state championship on Saturday at Dover at 7 p.m.

Blackwell's second goal came after some sustained pressure by the Sals and a good second effort from the senior. He took a pass from Max Lebbern and drove through two Force defenders before sending a shot off the left post. The ball rebounded right back to Blackwell, who sent a sharp-angle shot into the middle of the net.

The best opportunity for the Force to equalize came in the 75th. Ceydrick Chigbu took a free kick 70 yards from the Salesianum net, sending a high, arching kick into a maze of gold and white shirts 30 yards from keeper MJ Graham. It rattled around for a few seconds before the Sals were able to clear.

Charter came out determined to keep the Sals away from goalkeeper Owen Freeman, keeping an extra defenseman back throughout the first half. Blackwell finally got the Sals on the board in the 29th minute, scoring directly on a corner kick.

It didn't take the Force long to answer. Ben Danyo broke free down the right side of the field in the 31st, beating a defender and sending a laser short-side past Graham. Charter nearly took the lead in the 49th minute, but Graham stoned a Force attacker from 15 yards out to keep it tied.

Final statistics were not available early Thursday morning. The Sals improved to 16-1. Charter finished its season with a 12-5 record.