Caravel shuts out Indians 4-0 in Division II girls soccer semifinals

IR’s Isabella Binko turns the corner against Caravel midfielder Summer Stewart. Delaware State News/Ben Heck

DOVER — It’s not often a team is able to execute perfectly on three corner kick attempts in the same game.

The top-seeded Caravel Academy girls’ soccer team lined up for six corner kick attempts Tuesday night and netted goals on three of those attempts.

With a height advantage in set pieces, the Bucs (17-0) shut out Indian River High, 4-0, in the DIAA girls’ soccer Division II semifinal round at Dover High Tuesday night.

The fourth-seeded Indians (12-6) were making their third consecutive trip to the semifinals, but each time the Indians fell just short of a state finals appearance.

The loss marks the only game IR has been shut out all season.

It’s the 14th shutout Caravel has posted in 17 games, including the state tournament.

IR freshman Brynn McCabe runs up to play defense on Caravel’s Caitlin St. Leger.

“The corner kicks were a problem,” said IR coach Steve Kilby. “We just didn’t have the height to match up with them on those and they executed them pretty darn well.”

Senior forward Terea Hunt led the scoring with a pair of goals. Freshman midfielder Olivia Csapo and sophomore midfielder Caitlin St. Leger scored the other two.

Csapo had two assists and St. Leger and Gabriella Marte each had one.

These two squads are certainly no strangers when it comes to playoff soccer.

Caravel avenged a 2-1 overtime loss to Indian River in last season’s quarterfinal round. The Bucs defeated the Indians in both the 2015 and 2016 state finals.

Caravel will face the winner of today’s other semifinal between third-seeded Tower Hill High and seventh-seeded Newark Charter School in the Division II state finals either Friday or Saturday at a time still to be determined.

“They scored one goal in the run of play, and we prepared to the best that we could based on the holiday weekend,” Kilby said. “We really did deny them opportunities in the run of play, which I’m very happy about.”

Freshman goalkeeper Hanna Bird made six saves for IR.

IR’s Avery Congleton battles Caravel’s Summer Stewart for possession of the ball Tuesday night.

“Hanna gives everything she’s got,” said Kilby. “She made a couple of saves tonight that were nice to see, and she did the same thing against Sanford (in the quarterfinals).”

Freshman midfielder Olivia Csapo put the Bucs on the board early, netting the team’s first goal in the seventh minute. It was the only non-corner kick goal for the Bucs.

Hunt netted the first of her two goals off a header on a corner kick in the 27th minute to give the Bucs a 2-0 halftime advantage.
Hunt scored her second goal, also a header off a corner, in the 56th minute.

With an assist from North, St. Leger put the finishing touches on the shutout with her goal in the 67th minute.

Indian River had scoring chances throughout the game, but Caravel’s senior goalkeeper Sydney Keld knocked the ball away each time to reel in six saves for the win.

“She had three, four saves on Izzy (IR’s Isabella Binko) where if she doesn’t make those saves, they’re goals,” said Kilby. “You don’t find that many girl goalies who make those types of saves, so it is what it is. We didn’t score and they did.”

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