IR boys’ soccer kicks off state tournament

Date Published: 
Nov. 17, 2017

Special to the Coastal Point • Susan Walls: Indian River’s Juan Linares fights for control of the ball against McKean High School on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Dover High School. IR won the game 6-0 and advanced to the semi-finals vs. Delaware Military Academy.Special to the Coastal Point • Susan Walls: Indian River’s Juan Linares fights for control of the ball against McKean High School on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Dover High School. IR won the game 6-0 and advanced to the semi-finals vs. Delaware Military Academy.The Indian River High School varsity boys’ soccer team began their climb to the summit of a Division II title with a very decisive 6-0 blanking of upstate challenger McKean High School (11-3-1) on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Dover High School.

Senior Indians offensive player Oscar Cruz Osorio scored all three points in the first period, starting with a penalty kick at 5:37.

That was followed minutes later with a series of calamities, ending at 14:17 with the McKean goalie landing on top of Cruz Osorio as the ball gently rolled into the net. Cruz Osorio was credited with the goal on an assist from Esly Carmona Deras, who also assisted in Osorio’s third goal of the period, with the clock at 53:19.

With a little help from Indians senior Egardo Velasquez, fellow senior Juan Linares booted in their first goal of the second period at 64:54. Velasquez was on the assist again at 69:32 when Carmona Deras hit the net with the Indians’ fifth goal. IR got a final point near the game’s end when sophomore Jared Cordoba finished it at 74:28 with an unassisted netting.

“We were slow at the beginning, and then we picked it up,” Cordoba said. “They were a little physical, but we were able to handle it. We were able to control our midfield, and that’s how we got two goals in the first half. And then we just controlled the game from there.”

The Indians, now 12-3 on the season, were set to continue their playoff run in the DIAA semi-finals on Wednesday, Nov. 15, (after Coastal Point press time), going up against 10-6-1 Delaware Military Academy at 8 p.m., also at Dover High School.

If they win that game, they’ll take on the winner of Wednesday’s game between St. Andrew’s (15-1) and Caravel (11-5-1) in the Division II state championship on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at Smyrna.