IR gets two goals in the 4th to move to 2-0 on the young season
DAGSBORO, Del.- With two goals in the fourth quarter, the Indian River Indians move to 2-0 on the year with the 2-0 win over Sussex Academy. The Seahawks drop to 0-2-1 on the year.
On Monday, Sussex Academy hosted one of the top squads in the state in Caesar Rodney and held them to a double OT tie. Today, the Seahawks traveled to Dagsboro to take on another top team in the DIAA, Indian River, who finished 12-2-1 last season. The Indians coming off a 2-0 win over Polytech, were looking to make it two in a row.
The first half started close, IR controlling the time of possession and keeping the ball on their side of the field. We would head to the halftime break tied at 0-0. Just like Monday, Sussex Academy keeper Cole White putting in work in the net. White faced shot after shot and stood strong the entire half, finishing with 8 saves. In the second half, both offenses put on the pressure. The Seahawks nearly scored at one point, able to get the ball just inches from crossing the goal line but the IR defense was able to clear it out.
Headed to the fourth quarter with the game still tied at zero, IR was able to get things going. In the 60th minute, Joshua Bird crossed in front of the River goal and found the foot of Junior Dane Shuart who got it past the keeper to open up the scoring. The two offenses would go back and forth for the next 19 minutes both unable to get the ball in the goal.
In the final minute of regulation, Sussex would draw a free kick from mid field. The kick bounced off of a few Seahawks but was eventually cleared by IR finding a wide open Jordan Illian and with the goal empty, he let a shot fly from 40 yards out and nailed it to put the game away. Indian River completely controlled the possession battle in this one, getting off 20 shots to just 3 for Sussex Academy.