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Archmere wins first ever Soccer State Championship

302sports 42 Nov 23

DOVER – A corner kick in the 16
th minute bounced off a defender and into the net, and that own goal held up as Archmere, the top seed in Division II, defeated No. 2 Wilmington Friends, 1-0, for the DIAA state championship on Nov. 16 at Dover High School. It was the first soccer state title in school history.

The corner, taken by senior Andrew Rosenbaum, was set up after a good hustle play by the Auks. Rosenbaum took control of the ball near midfield and sent a pass up the right side to Ben Meredith. Meredith’s cross was knocked over the end line by the Quakers.

Rosenbaum sent the inbounds pass right to the front post. It got through Quakers goalkeeper Liam Hudgings, then bounced off the back of the leg of a defender and into the net.

Friends goalkeeper Liam was tested right out of the chute after intermission, and he was up to the task. He made a sliding save in the 41st minute, robbing Joseph Iacono. Four minutes later, Hudgings committed highway robbery on Christian Iacono, leaping to punch away a rising shot. Joseph Iacono nearly scored on the resulting corner, but he tapped the inbounds inches wide to the left.

The Quakers pushed the pace while attempting to equalize, and that led to two chances. First, Arai and Auks goalkeeper Niko Triantafillou raced for a through ball in the 18-yard box, with the keeper getting there first. Seconds later, Quakers sniper Oryem Kilama sent a sharp-angle shot just wide left.

Archmere had an 8-5 edge in shots and 8-3 in corner kicks. The Auks finished the season 17-1, while Friends came in at 15-1-2.

DIAA Press