Local roundup: 3rd-seeded IR falls to 2-seed Friends 3-1 in D-II soccer semis

Third-seeded Indian River High fell behind early and could never catch up, eventually losing to No. 2 Wilmington Friends, 3-1, in the DIAA Division II boys’ soccer state semifinals on Wednesday night.

Evan Arai’s goal in the first three minutes gave the Quakers the lead for good before Oryem Kilama’s goal put Friends up 2-0 at halftime.

IR (13-4-1) closed within 2-1 with 15 minutes still remaining when junior Arturo Cruz Bonilla knocked in a shot from close range. But the Quakers’ Bruno Yeh added an insurance goal just three minutes later as IR never got any closer.

“We made some adjustments at halftime and the second half did turn around a little bit for us,” said Indians coach Steve Kilby. “We got one goal but we just couldn’t find another. They’re a good team.”

Friends (15-0-2) will play in the Division II state finals for the second straight year when it faces top-seeded Archmere on Saturday at Dover at 5 p.m. The Auks rallied to top Newark, 2-1, in Wednesday’s second semifinal.

The Henlopen South champion Indians, who have made the state finals five times since 2012, were out-shot 6-2. The Quakers also held a 6-5 edge in corner kicks.

Goalie Bastian Perry made three saves for IR, which has only three seniors on its roster.

“We’ve had a nice season,” said Kilby. “There’s only one team that’s happy at the end of the season and, unfortunately it’s not us this year.

“We’ve got a lot of youth. I think the biggest plus for us is that we return a lot of these guys. If they’re willing to do the work in the off-season, hopefully things can turn around for them a little bit.”

College field hockey

Juniata 1, Wesley 0: The Eagles tallied the game’s only goal in the second quarter to top the Wolverines in the ECAC tournament on Wednesday night.

Both teams were credited with only two shots while Juniata (11-9) held a 6-5 edge in corners. Wesley finishes the season at 12-10.

College basketball

Hens’ recruit has UD ties: Delaware men’s basketball coach Martin Ingelsby announced Wednesday that Andrew Carr has signed a National Letter of Intent with the UD program.

Carr’s father, Phil, and his uncle, Tim, both played for the Blue Hens in the 1980’s and each served as team captain during their senior seasons.

Carr, a 6-foot-9 forward from West Chester, Pa., averaged 19 points and eight rebounds per game last year during his junior season. He led West Chester East High to a 21-7 record, an appearance in the PIAA District I Class 5A title game and the Vikings’ first state tournament berth in 17 years.

“Andrew is a highly-skilled forward with a smooth shooting stroke and a crafty scoring ability around the basket,” said Ingelsby. “He fits the bill of versatile forwards we like to have in our program and we couldn’t be more excited about him joining us in Newark next year.”

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