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Short handed Caesar Rodney holds off Appoquinimink, 2-1

302sports 69 Nov 14


DOVER – Playing with just 10 men for the entirety of the second half, Caesar Rodney held off Appoquinimink, 2-1, and earned a berth in the DIAA Division I boys soccer championship on Saturday night. The Riders earned a measure of revenge from last season, when they let a 2-0 lead slip away in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Jaguars.

The Riders will return to Dover on Saturday to meet Salesianum at 7 p.m.

CR and Appo played an entertaining, run-and-gun first half. It took just five minutes for the Riders to open the scoring. Lloyd Coutilien had the honors, leaping high into the air and deflectin a throw-in with his head backward over the Jags’ goalkeeper.

Riders keeper Zander Omans was outstanding, keeping CR in the lead with a few spectacular saves. The first was a left-footed stab of an Appo shot in the 11th. The second came two minutes later, when he got his fingertips on a free kick. Finally, later in the half, he dove low to his right to reject a penalty kick off the foot of the Jaguars’ Colby Niggebrugge.

CR lost a player to a straight red card in the final two minutes of the first half, and Appo took advantage. Cody Niggebrugge redirected a long pass past Omans, and the halftime whistle blew seconds later with the score level, 1-1.

In the 46th minute, Coutilien got loose behind the Appo defense and had a shot blocked, but his follow was true, putting the Riders ahead. After that, it was mostly the Jags applying the pressure, particularly in the final 10 minutes, with the Riders playing with 10 men.

Omans stayed busy, collecting several saves, including a diving stop with five minutes to go.

Final statistics were not available early Thursday. The Riders improved to 15-2, while Appo finished 13-3-1.