No. 2 Padua and No. 7 Newark were finally able to play their DIAA Girls’ Soccer State Tournament first round game on Wednesday night after two postponements. The Pandas advanced to the state semifinals and a match up with No. 3 Sussex Tech on Friday night after shutting out Newark 4-0.
Padua was led by four different goal scorers and a defense that allowed just one Newark shot on goal.
Padua struck early when freshman Emilia Ryjewski scored off a setup from junior Karlina Panella in the game’s fourth minute to put them up 1-0. Before the half was over, sophomore Sarah Brush found senior Amy Horney for Padua’s second goal to give them a 2-0 advantage at the break.
In the second half, Padua took a 4-0 advantage scoring two goals just a minute a part. Freshman Arryana Daniels scored for Padua in the 52nd minute off a feed from junior Kylie Puican and Panella followed with their fourth goal of the game just a minute later setup by sophomore Kristen Brady.
Padua’s goalkeeping duo of sophomore Abigail Boudart and freshman Sarah Embley weren’t terribly busy, as Boudart made the only save necessary to solidify the shutout win.
The Pandas outshot Newark 29-1, and the Padua advantage could have been much larger if not for the solid goalkeeping from Newark’s Hunter Webster who made 19 saves.
Padua now moves on to the state semifinals where they’ll take on Sussex Tech tonight in the first game of a double-header at Dover starting at 6:00 p.m.
Padua defeated Sussex Tech 2-1 in a regular season meeting just over a month ago. A similar result tonight will allow Padua to defend their state title in the finals.