CR stops Polytech rally with 5-3 win

 

WOODSIDE — The Caesar Rodney Rodney High boys’ soccer team maintained its perfect record against Polytech High.

But the Panthers gave the Riders quite the scare.

Polytech rallied for two goals to tie the game in the final 10 minutes before CR responded with two more to win 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Junior David Haynes led the Riders with a hat trick. He scored the game-winner with less than seven minutes left and added an insurance goal with two minutes remaining.

“They never went away even when we went up two goals,” Haynes said. “You’ve got to give them a lot of credit for that. We just had to stay focused the entire time until the last whistle.”

Polytech dropped to 9-3 on the season. The Panthers are still looking for their first win over Caesar Rodney in school history. They have lost their last three games by a combined four goals.

After an 0-3 start to the season against Wilmington Charter, Indian River and Henlopen North champion Sussex Central, the Riders have reeled off 10 consecutive victories.

“We had a lot of new faces and it took us a while to get going,” said CR coach Darrell Gravatt. “But we’ve been rolling since then and we’re hoping to continue that.”

“We’re peaking right at the right time,” Haynes said.

The Riders led 3-1 behind goals from Haynes, Steve Ferrandino and Ricky Hernandez. Then things got wild.

Dylan Popp brought Polytech within a goal when he cut back on the left side of the box and curved a right-footed shot into the back of the net.

Less than two minutes later Marco Maddalena equalized with a stunning strike. He collected a loose ball and shot over the CR keeper with enough dip on it to fall under the crossbar from about 25 yards out.

The Riders kept up the scoring as Haynes netted his second of the night.

Tommy McPoyle won the ball in midfield and sprung Hernandez down the right flank. Hernandez crossed a ball into the center of the box and Haynes was there to volley it into the back of the net.

“I knew Ricky is good enough to play that ball in so I had to be there at the right time,” Haynes said. “He played a perfect ball. I was lucky enough to be in the right spot and finish.”

Haynes sealed it a few minutes later by tucking a low shot inside the post. He also scored in the first half on a header off a long throw in by Tommy Pomatto.

Anthony Flamer provided the other goal for Polytech.

“We knew they had a tough team were looking forward to the opportunity to playing them,” Gravatt said. “Polytech to their credit came back tough but man did we dig in deep in those last 10 minutes.”

 

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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