Salesianum soccer team stayed alive with dramatic 1-0 double overtime victory over Archmere Academy Wednesday night in DIAA tournament action.
Archmere Academy gave defending state champion Salesianum all they could handle and more before falling to the Sals 1-0 in double overtime in the quarterfinal round of the state soccer tournament held on a frosty Wednesday evening at Caravel Academy.
Defense was definitely on the minds of both teams as Sals senior goalkeeper Nick Galentine and the Auks sophomore keeper Patrick Fallon were superb in keeping their opponents off the scoreboard until the very end of the second overtime. Fallon was exceptional as he was severely test at the end of regulation. During the first overtime and for nearly nine minutes of the second OT session, facing a barrage of shots.
Salesianum's tenacious offense peppered away in the overtimes unsuccessfully until junior midfielder Dylan Huber headed in a crisp pass from junior Joey Cain with 1:38 seconds remaining before the teams would go to penalty kicks to decide the winner.
"We had a whole bunch of chances, and then Joey (Cain) played a beautiful ball over, and it found my head and it just went into the bottom corner," said an exhausted, but elated, Huber.
In the first half, Archmere went on the attack, but had difficulty penetrating the Salesianum defense. The Auks had several good scoring opportunities, but were repeatedly denied. In the second half, the Sals went on the prowl, asserting their offensive speed and ball control skills, but the Archmere defense stayed strong throughout. Again, in the overtime session, the Sals stayed aggressive, but the Auks held strong despite being a man down.
The Sals outshot the Auks 11-2, but had many more scoring chances in the later stages of the match. The defending champs will play Caesar Rodney this weekend. The exact time and location had not been determined by press time.
"Archmere is a good team. They were the eighth seed, but they were clearly on of the top four teams in the state," said Salesianum coach Scott Mosier.
"They're a tough match-up for us because they defend really, really well, and they have three or four talented attacking players that can get forward," he said.