Caravel defeated Archmere 2-1 Monday night to win the DIAA D-2 girls' soccer title at Smyrna High School.

Caravel Academy won the first-ever DIAA Division 2 girls state soccer championship by defeating Archmere Academy 2-1 Monday afternoon in an exciting and well-played game at Smyrna High School.

The Lady Auks scored the first goal of the game on a routine shot by Kassidy McVey. Lady Buccaneers goal-keeper Sydney Badel had trouble handling the shot, which wound up in the back of the net in the 17th minute.

Caravel counterattacked and eventually got the equalizer about three minutes later on a goal by Katie Fullerton.

The combatants went into halftime tied at a goal apiece.

The second half was equally well played with numerous scoring chances by both teams. Caravel and Archmere both play a solid brand of defense and were able to keep the title match a low-scoring contest.

The Lady Buccaneers went ahead in the 45th minute on a long-range shot by Cecelia “CC” Poole. The high shot slipped through the hands of Archmere goalkeeper Anna D’Eramo.

The Lady Auks tried desperately to get the equalizer, but were unable to tie the score. The last Achmere shot of the game came within inches of crossing the goal line, but Badel came up with a remarkable save. Just before time expired.

“Sydney did a great job for us tonight, as she’s done all year. On that last shot, sometime you’re good and sometimes you’re lucky as the saying goes, and we lived by that tonight,” said Caravel coach Tom Brackin.

“On the winning goal, we teach our players to put the ball in a dangerous spot, and that one happened to find the

sweet spot.”

Braking added that he told the team that this game was a chance to make Delaware soccer history, since it was the first-ever D-2 soccer championship game.