Heartbreak. Disappointment. Unfulfilled.
Those three words could easily sum up the feelings of the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team following their 4-3 overtime loss to host Cape Henlopen on Tuesday, April 16, in a Henlopen Conference divisional crossover game.
After falling behind 1-0 just 12 minutes into the game, the Indians recovered with a pair of goals from Izzy Binko and Sia Diakos, to take a 2-1 lead into the halftime break. Isabella Keith made it 3-1 with her unassisted tally six minutes into the second half.
It looked like IR was well on their way to another win.
Until it didn’t.
Cape’s Sydney Zych pushed a pass from Brooke Hollingsworth past IR’s freshman goalie Hanna Bird in the 76th minute to make it 3-2. Then, just two minutes later — on a controversial call by the referee on a pass back to the goalie — Cape tied it up when Lindsey Swontek scored her second of the game on a direct kick over the outstretched arm of Bird.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t take care of our business,” head coach Steve Kilby said after the game. “Very questionable decision in regards to what is a pass back and what isn’t. We’re not so good that we can take the ball out of the air that’s being served and knock it back to our goalie’s hands from 20 yards away.
“The real difference in the game — overall — has to be their goalkeeper,” he said of Cape’s Lucy Siranides. “She made like six quality saves on balls that would have been goals, and that could have changed the whole tenor of the game. But we didn’t finish those chances. Woulda, coulda, shoulda... We just need to move on and put this in the learning column.”
IR held a narrow 9-8 advantage on shots, while Cape earned five corner opportunities to the Indians’ three. Lauren Meehan, who played the first half, and Bird combined to make five saves in goal for the Indians.
With two tough overtime losses against top Division I teams this past week — sandwiched around a 4-0 win over Lake Forest — is Kilby concerned that some self-doubt or lack of confidence can creep into some of his young players’ minds?
“I hope not,” he admitted. “We’ll have to keep an eye on it. Again, this is a situation where the result… we just have to take care of our business.”
In their win over Lake Forest on Thursday, April 11, the Indians cruised to the divisional win 4-0 over the Spartans.
Binko scored a pair of goals — one in each half — while Keith and Diakos scored the others. IR held an impressive advantage in the shot category, 28-5, and managed to pick up three corner opportunities to none for Lake.
On the season, the IR offense has been led by the sensational sophomore duo of Binko and Diakos, who have combined for 18 goals and 12 assists. Binko leads the team with 10 counters and five assists, while Diakos has eight markers and seven helpers.
Junior Avery Congleton is third on the team, with four goals, with senior Grace Engel adding a goal and five assists to her credit.
Keith and Lauren Meehan have each scored twice, while Madison Tipton, Jocelyn Aguilera and Vasilia Diakos each have scored once. Congleton and Brynn McCabe have chipped in with three assists as well.
The Indians were set to travel to Seaford for a South Division contest against the Blue Jays on Thursday, April 18, (after Coastal Point press time) before heading off on spring break for a 12-day layoff. They’ll return to action against Sussex Tech on Tuesday, April 30.
By Jason Feather