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Hat Tricks Lead Salesianum to 10th Straight State Championship

302sports 39 Nov 23

DOVER – Drew Blackwell and Ethan Hinds each scored three times as Salesianum completed one of its best seasons in recent memory. The top-seeded Sals defeated No. 3 Caesar Rodney, 7-0, for the DIAA Division I boys soccer title on Nov. 16 at Dover High School.

For the Sals, it was their 10th consecutive championship, the 16th for coach Scott Mosier and the school’s 19th overall. The seven-goal margin of victory was the largest in the history of the event.

The outcome of the game was never really in doubt, as the Sals scored three times in the first half and four in the second. Hinds got the scoring started in the 11th minute, taking a crossing pass all alone five feet in front of Omans and knocking the ball under the keeper. Blackwell picked up his first on a long, lofted shot over the Riders’ keeper, and his second came in the 35th, scoring directly on a corner kick.

Blackwell earned his hat trick in the 46th, taking a feed from Hinds, who had deked around two defenders to get open. Hinds scored the next two. He chipped one over the keeper in the 49th minute, and just seven minutes later, he sent in a rebound of a shot by Alex Krumenacker.

The Sals finished the season 17-1, with their only loss coming by a goal at the No. 1 team in the country, St. Benedict’s Prep of New Jersey. CR ended the season 15-3.

DIAA Press