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Delmar H.S. 2002
Boys Soccer Recap
Delmar Wildcats

2002 Game-by-Game

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Delmar's Halder Garcia
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002
First Round States
First Round
Delmar 3, Indian River 2 (OT)

Photos: Delmar's Halder Garcia (top) and Matt Payne.

The Wildcats won a state tournament soccer match for the first time in the program's six-year history and advanced to a quarterfinal match against Milford.

Using goals by Halder Garcia and Matt Payne in the first overtime session, sixth-seeded Delmar rose to 12-3 and moved into the quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 9.

The Wildcats will face Milford at Indian River High School's stadium at 7 p.m. for the opportunity to reach the state semifinals.

Delmar defeated Milford 5-1 during the regular season on Sept. 12.

Delmar's Matt PayneAgainst Indian River in the first round, a late goal by Travis Ralph forced overtime and set the stage for the Wildcats avenging a 1-0 regular season loss to the Indians.

Ralph scored at the 74:34 mark in regulation on converted a pass from Brandon Figgs to tie the match 1-1. Garcia and Payne scored for Delmar in the first overtime period, which proved to be just enough cushion as the Indians scored in the second overtime period to close the gap to 3-2.

Garcia scored on an assist from Ralph, while Payne scored on an assist from Matt Smith.

The Wildcats were outshot 20-19 and trailed 8-0 in corner kicks, but goalkeeper Jacob Skarson came up big when needed with 12 saves.

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002
Caesar Rodney 1, Delmar 0

The Wildcats dropped the Henlopen Conference match when Caesar Rodney scored in the second half to remain unbeaten. Delmar was outshot 26-18.

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002
Indian River 2, Delmar 1

The Wildcats suffered their first conference loss in a key Henlopen Conference Southern Division match. Cody Collins scored the goal for Delmar, while goalkeeper Jacob Skarson recorded 13 saves. Now 5-2 in the conference, the Wildcats trailed Indian River 16-14 in shots.

Delmar's Matt Carvalho
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002
Delmar 5, Smyrna 0

Photo: Delmar's Daniel Carvalho

The Wildcats won their third straight match with their second shutout of the season.

Delmar took a 2-0 lead at intermission of the Henlopen Conference contest and broke the match open with three more in the second half.

Travis Ralph scored two goals to lead Delmar, while Matt Payne added a goal and two assists.

Daniel Carvalho and Halder Garcia scored the Wildcats' other goals, while Cody Collins contributed an assist.

Goalkeeper Jacob Skarson posted his second shutout of the year with 6 saves.

Delmar outshot Smyrna 36-6 and led 3-1 in corner kicks.

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002
Delmar 11, Lake Forest 4

Delmar's Travis RalphPhoto: Delmar's Travis Ralph

The Wildcats rose to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the Henlopen Conference Southern Division with the easy victory behind Travis Ralph's five goals.

Ralph scored two goals in the first half and added an assist before scoring three times in the second half.

Josh Scotton added two more goals for Delmar, which is tied with Indian River for the Southern Division lead.

Delmar's other goals were scored by Chris Elliott, Matt Smith, Daniel Carvalho and Matt Payne.

Payne added two assists, with Scotton, Carvalho and Lance Entsminger contributing an assist apiece.

Goalkeeper Jacob Skarson recorded 5 saves for Delmar, which outshot Lake Forest 30-8 and led 10-0 in corner kicks.

Delmar goalkeeper Jacob Skarson
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002
Dover 2, Delmar 0

Photo: Delmar goalkeeper Jacob Skarson

The Wildcats played tough against the perennial Henlopen Conference power but couldn't find the net as they suffered their first loss of the season.

Delmar goalkeeper Jacob Skarson collected 13 saves for the Wildcats, who were outshot 15-8 and trailed 4-2 in corner kicks.

Dover scored both of its goals within a five-minute span in the first half.

The Wildcats are now 2-1 in the Henlopen South and 3-1 overall.

Delmar's Josh Scotton
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002
Delmar 5, Cape Henlopen 0

Photo: Delmar's Josh Scotton

The Wildcats dominated the Henlopen Conference match from the outset but didn't put Cape Henlopen away until the second half.

Leading just 1-0 at halftime on a goal by Josh Scotton despite controlling the ball almost the entire half, Delmar busted loose with a pair of goals in a one-minute span by Travis Ralph and Matt Payne.

Ralph scored at the 42:55 mark to put Delmar up 2-0, and Payne followed with a goal at 43:55 for a 3-0 advantage.

Mike Smith scored the Wildcats' final two goals to polish off the rout.

Goalkeeper Jacob Skarson recorded five saves for the shutout. Delmar outshot Cape 18-4 and led 6-3 in corner kicks.

Delmar's Matthew Smith
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002
Delmar 5, Milford 1

Photo: Delmar's Matthew Smith

The Wildcats started their Henlopen Conference season off with a big win over Milford.

The match was tied 1-1 in the first half before Matthew Smith and Daniel Carvalho staked Delmar to a 3-1 halftime lead with goals at the 17:12 and 35:38 marks of the first half.

The Wildcats continued to pull away in the second half, as Brandon Figgs scored on an assist from Josh Scotton at the 6:00 mark and Travis Ralph added a goal at 17:40.

Delmar led 20-7 in shots. Goalkeeper Jacob Skarson recorded 12 saves.

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