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Middletown brings Pandas’ run as state soccer champs to an end

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SMYRNA – Middletown entered the girls’ Division I state championship girls soccer match with Padua already without the Delaware player of the year, Alyssa Poarch, and shortly before halftime, the Cavaliers lost goalkeeper Taylor Wolf to an injury. But an early goal by Alexa Rodriguez held up, thanks mainly to the play of emergency keeper Mary Warren, and the top-seeded Cavaliers ended No. 2 Padua’s five-year reign as state champions with a 1-0 win June 3 at Smyrna High School.

Each team had to play a half staring into a setting sun at Charles V. Williams Stadium, and Rodriguez took advantage in the 13th minute. The Pandas had controlled possession until then, but they had few opportunities to beat Wolf. The momentum swung Middletown’s way, and when Rodriguez found herself with the ball and a bit of space about 25 yards from the net, she struck. Her blast just eluded the outstretched fingers of keeper Katie Szczerba – who had a bright sun in her face – and tucked under the crossbar for the game’s lone tally. Read more »

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Padua prevails in battle of soccer unbeatens

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Dialog reporter

 

NEWARK — Two of Delaware’s best girls soccer teams met Thursday afternoon, but one clearly emerged as a team to beat in the upcoming state tournament. Padua controlled play from the opening whistle and defeated Archmere, 7-0, at Independence School, handing the Auks their first setback of the season.

The undefeated Pandas, ranked first in Division I, attacked the Auks the entire game, and it didn’t take long for them to get on the scoreboard. Sophomore Arryana Daniels blasted a shot past Archmere keeper Kyra Giakas in the third minute. Mackenzie Scully found Daniels streaking down the right side, and Daniels hit the far corner. Read more »

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Freshmen score twice as Pandas take third straight soccer title

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SMYRNA – Two goals in a dominant first half were enough to propel Padua Academy to its third straight state soccer championship, as the Pandas defeated Caesar Rodney High School, 3-1, Monday night at Smyrna High School.

It was the second time in the last three seasons that these teams met for the championship. Padua won in 2012 in double overtime. They also met in the semifinal round last year, with Padua surviving, 4-2, on penalty kicks. Read more »

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