This season, high school soccer fans are getting a double-dose of action as a division II state tournament was added to post season play this season. Wilmington Christian wasted little taking advantage of the new system, claiming the #8 seed in the tournament after posting a 9-5-1 record this season. And now, they’ve earned their first playoff victory after defeating McKean 3-1 on Wednesday night at Caravel High School.
The game started late due to some of lights going out just before game-time that delayed the start for about twenty minutes. Once the action began, the Warriors began to tilt the field toward their advantage, pinning McKean in their own end.
Eventually, Wilmington Christian’s chances paid off when junior Darrell Yirenkyi found the back of the net at 24:06 in the first half to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead. Wilmington Christian would hold the lead for the remainder of the first half to take a 1-0 lead into the break.
McKean got right back into the contest almost immediately when junior Moises Figueroa scored unassisted to tie things a 1-1.
Just over 15 minutes later, Yirenkyi would tally his second goal of the game at 67:07 to give Wilmington Christian a slim 2-1 lead with plenty of time to go.
The Warriors continued to turn up the pressure scoring again just three minutes later off the foot of sophomore Christian Diamanty off a nice assist from Spencer Lockard to help Wilmington Christian pull away 3-1.
While McKean was able to outshoot Wilmington Christian 7-5 in the contest, Warriors’ goalkeeper Keever was able to turn away all but one shot to preserve the victory.
The road doesn’t get any easier for the Warriors as they move on to the second round to take on #1 St. Elizabeth who earned a first round bye. The Vikings posted an impressive 13-2 record, and defeated Wilmington Christian just over two weeks ago in a closely contested 1-0 game.
The Warriors will meet the number one seeded Vikings on Saturday at Caravel starting at 2:00 p.m.