Ravens hand Indians first boys’ soccer loss of season 2-1

DAGSBORO — The Sussex Tech High boys soccer team fell behind early but battled back to score two unanswered goals to upset Indian River High, 2-1, on the road Thursday night.

The comeback win for Sussex Tech (6-2-3) dropped Indian River to 8-1.

Junior Trevor Daisey scored a pair of goals and junior goalkeeper Jodi Johnson made six saves on eight Indian River shots as the Ravens captured its third consecutive win.

“It’s a tournament-type match,” said Tech coach Carlos Villa. “It’s always fun to play River and it’s always a good rivalry, the kids know each other.

“Watching Trevor in this situation has been exciting. He’s a back, and now all of a sudden he’s scored goals in the last six or seven games — he’s our top leading scorer.”

“I’m proud of the boys for coming out the way that they did, they brought out the same passion they had in our game against Cape and I have to give it to the team. It’s a team game and tonight was a total team effort,” said Johnson.

IR senior Juan Linares wasted little time putting the Indians ahead, netting a goal in the game’s sixth minute to take the early lead.

Johnson and his back line kept IR off the scoreboard for the remaining 74 minutes.

“We switched to three backs a couple games into the season and I have a sophomore who plays center back (Mason Washburn) and he played an incredible game,” Johnson said.

“It’s one of the best games I’ve ever seen him play. The passion he had during the game was incredible and I can’t thank my defense enough for helping me out.”

Down 1-0, the Ravens’ offense continued pushing the ball down field and creating offensive opportunities in the front of the net.

“Right from the get-go we pressured them a lot,” said Daisey. “Obviously, when you get scored on early it adds a little more adversity, but we kept to it and just really pressured them and I think that’s what created a lot of chances is applying that pressure. It was a hard-fought game.”

The 2018 Ravens have been dealing with injuries and forced to play from behind for much of the season.

“Adversity is nothing new to us,” Daisey said. “We already had a player out at the beginning of the year, then we lost Patrick Short (torn ACL), one of our top strikers, so this year a little adversity is nothing new.”

Daisey knotted the game 1-1 in the 29th minute, heading the ball just past IR goalkeeper Zach Neal. Junior Cody Coleman recorded the assist on the play.

“I saw it coming, the defenders were in front of me, so I knew it had to fight to get over and in front of him and that’s kind of what I did,” Daisey explained. “I got better contact than I thought I did. I saw Zach, their goalkeeper, hit it up and it hit the post, came down and went in. That’s about it.”

Daisey netted the team’s go-ahead goal, marking his second straight two-goal game, in the game’s 63rd minute.

“It’s been a real tough season, so this win just really boosts our confidence level. We’re a hard-fighting team and it’s great to have wins like this.”

“We play together and they just work so hard for each other,” Villa said. “They don’t give up. We’re achieving some great things here and it’s great to be a part of it.”

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