Prillaman’s OT goal lifts CR girls past Indians 3-2

CR’s Jessie Prillaman takes off down the left side of the field with the ball. The senior forward scored the game-winning goal in overtime. Delaware State News/Ben Heck

DAGSBORO — Jessie Prillaman fought off double teams for the first 80 minutes of Tuesday night’s match.

The Caesar Rodney High senior forward finally broke free for a game-winning goal in overtime to send the CR girls’ soccer team past Indian River High, 3-2.

“A lot of my goals are breakaway goals, just one-touch finish into the corner,” she said. “Once the defender missed the ball, it kind of just fell into my lap and I took it up, the goalie didn’t stay on her line and the corner was open so I just passed it into the goal.”

Heading into the first 10-minute overtime period in a 2-2 deadlock, it took just four minutes for Prillaman’s game-winner to hit the back of the net with an assist from Haley Schafer.

“It felt amazing,” said Prillaman. “I didn’t get many opportunities this game, but when I did, I’m so glad I was able to finish it and end the game there.”

“She got limited chances,” said CR coach Darrell Gravatt. “To IR’s credit, it looked like they double-teamed her pretty much all night and they did a pretty good job holding her at bay, but it’s tough to hold her the whole game.”

The Indians (4-1) edged Caesar Rodney 17-13 in shots and 4-3 in corner kick attempts.

IR goalkeeper Hanna Bird makes a diving stop in front of CR’s Jada McCullough.

The game was a rematch of the Henlopen Conference title game in each of the last four seasons, with the Riders (5-1) defeating the Indians in all four of those meetings.

“They were coming in undefeated, so we knew it was going to be a real test,” said Gravatt. “We got what we thought we would get from River, when they got down they battled back. Credit to them, they’re a very good team.”

Sophomore Jada McCullough and senior Laynee Ford scored first half goals for the Riders.

Sophomores Isabella Binko and Anastasia Diakos each netted goals for IR.

“They’re a very physical team, but we’re physical too, so we just had to battle it out until the end and that’s what we did,” said McCullough.

Caesar Rodney took the early lead with a Ford goal in the first minute.

“I think that helped to pick up the tempo to start the game,” she said. “We wanted to come out strong against them, knowing we played them in the conference championship before and that we had to give it our all.”

McCullough later extended the lead to 2-0 with a goal in the 34th minute, receiving the assist from Ford on a corner kick attempt.

Three minutes later, Binko cut the lead in half with a goal for the Indians in the 37th minute.

While IR had plenty of scoring opportunities in the second half, they were unable to put the ball past junior goalkeeper Morgan Delsauniers until Diakos netted her seventh goal of the season in the 71st minute to tie the game.

The two squads went scoreless in the final nine minutes to send the game into overtime.

Goalkeeper Hanna Bird finished with seven saves for the Indians, while Delsauniers and Zoe Millar combined for nine saves for CR.

Reach staff writer Ben Heck at bheck@newszap.com

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