Second-seeded Indian River dominated possession against Delaware Military Academy throughout in the semifinals of the DIAA Division II Boys’ Soccer Tournament semifinals Wednesday night at Dover High School.
That possession resulted in several scoring opportunities for the Indians, and they capitalized with five goals from five players, including some familiar names, in a 5-0 victory over the 11th-seeded Seahawks to advance the inaugural Division II title game.
“Luan [Sales] has been on the score sheet a fair amount,” Indian River coach Steve Kilby said. “Sean Whelen has as well. They poked some in tonight so that was a big plus for us.”
The Indians (13-3-1) got on the board in the 16th minute when freshman midfielder Patrick Mochiam put in a shot after action following a corner kick. Indian River continued to push the action and went up 2-0 when Sales buried a shot into the upper left corner of the net.
The lead remained 2-0 in the Indians’ favor for the rest of the first half. In the early stages of the second half, they were award a direct free kick. Luis Cruz took the kick from 35 yards and torched a shot into the net to give his team a 3-0 lead.
“Luis is a special player. He suffered through a lot of injuries this year. He missed four total games, and three and four half-games when we were trying to get him back,” Kilby said.
“If you watch how smooth he is on the ball. They way he finishes, it’s amazing. He’s a player who’s got a future in this game I believe.”
Indian River continued the onslaught in the second half with goals by Sean Whelen in the 57th minute and Gregory Ray in 68th minute to complete the scoring against Delaware Military (9-8-1).
The Indians will play in their second straight title game after falling to Salesianum last year in the state championship game. They are confident the result will be better for them.
“I’m pretty excited,” Cruz said. “Last year, we couldn’t get the state championship because Sallies beat us 4-0. This year we’re going to do all right. We’re going to do good.”