Boys Soccer Recap
First Round States
Delmar 3, Indian River 2 (OT)
The Indians' season came to a heart-breaking end when Delmar overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit to advance in the Delaware High School State Soccer Tournament.
The Indians, seeded 11th, concluded their season with a 12-5 record. Delmar, seeded sixt, rose to 12-3 and moved into a quarterfinal game against Milford on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. at Indian River's stadium.
Indian River took a 1-0 lead in the last minute of the first half when John Giorgilli knocked a shot off Delmar's Cody Collins into the net at the 39:21 mark.
The Indians, behind goalkeeper Jason Nauman, who finished with 17 saves, held the Wildcats off in the second half until forged the tie at 74:35.
In overtime, Delmar scored twice in the first 10-minute period to take a 3-1 lead into the second 10-minute session.
The Indians scored again in that second session when Brandt Mais cleaned up a shot off the crossbar by Sam Svenson to make it 3-2 with 2:41 remaining in the second overtime period.
The Indians had beaten Delmar 1-0 during the regular season on the way to the Henlopen Conference Southern Division champioship.
Indian River 4, Polytech 0
Photo: Indian River's Brandon Rickwood
The Indians dominated Polytech from start to finish to clinch the Henlopen Conference Southern Division championship with their second straight shutout.
Jonathan Forte sparked IR with a pair of goals. Brandt Mais and Brandon Rickwood scored the Indians' other goals.
Indian River outshot Polytech 21-7 and led 3-0 at halftime as Mais, Rickwood and Forte all scored in the first half. Forte assisted on Rickwood's goal, while Mais scored on a penalty kick and Forte scored his second goal unassisted.
Indian River held a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. Goalkeeper Jason Nauman earned the shutout with 3 saves.
Now 9-3 in the conference and 11-4 overall, the Indians also clinched a state tournament berth with their division title.
Seedings for the tournament will be announced on Friday, Nov. 1. The tournament begins Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Indian River 7,
Lake Forest 0
Photo: Indian River's Tim Dupont
The Indians rebounded from the loss to Dover with a big Henlopen Conference Southern Division victory.
Tim Dupont led the Indians with two goals.
Nate Cortvelesy, Ben Gichner, David Gichner, Jeremy Showell and Sam Svenson scored a goal apiece.
Showell and Brandon Rickwood registered two assists for the Indians.
Now 7-3 in the division, the Indians led 14-5 in shots.
Dover 5, Indian River 2
The Indians dropped the Henlopen Conference contest to the perennial powerhouse. Martin Chavez scored both goals for the Indians. His second goal at 7:35 of the first half had actually given IR a 2-1 lead before Dover exploded in the second half. The Indians were outshot 19-11 and trailed 4-1 in corner kicks. Goalkeeper Jason Nauman recorded 14 saves.
Milford 1, Indian River 0
The Indians suffered a tough loss that tightened up the Henlopen Conference Southern Division race. Now 6-2 in the division, the Indians are tied with Delmar, which is also 6-2. Milford, meanwhile, rose to 4-2-1. The Indians outshot Milford 15-11 and tied in corner kicks 1-1 but couldn't get the ball past Buc goalkeeper Ryan Sutcliffe. IR goalkeeper Jason Nauman turned in a stellar performance, as well, with 10 saves.
Indian River 2, Delmar 1
Photo: Indian River's Sam Svenson
Sam Svenson scored two goals in the second half to boost the Indians to a key Henlopen Conference Southern Division victory over their closest rivals.
With its fourth consecutive victory, Indian River is now 6-1 in the conference and 7-2 overall and has a half-game lead in the division over Delmar, which fell to 5-2 in the conference.
In a tight match, the Indians led 16-14 in shots in handing Delmar its first loss in four matches.
Goalie Jason Nauman was outstanding with 13 saves.
Indian River 3, Sussex Central 2
Photo: Indian River's Justin Brooks-Ward
The Indians dominated the Henlopen Conference match against their district rivals despite the close score.
Indian River led 29-10 in shots and 3-2 in corner kicks as it controlled the ball for much of the match.
David Gichner, back from an injury that sidelined him for the first month of the season, scored the Indians' first goal on an assist from Martin Chavaz at the 22:45 mark of the first half.
Brandon Rickwood then gave the Indians a 2-0 lead at intermission with a goal at 22:36.
After Sussex Central pulled within 2-1 in the second half, Justin Brooks-Ward, on an assist from Jonathan Forte, put Indian River ahead for keeps with a goal at 71:50.
Goalkeeper Jason Nauman recorded 8 saves for Indian River.
Indian River 2, Seaford 1
Photo: Indian River goalkeeper Jason Nauman
The Indians used a late goal by Sam Svenson to overcome Seaford in a tense Henlopen Conference match.
Svenson scored at the 76:34 mark of the second half to break the tie.
Martin Chavaz put the Indians ahead 1-0 on an assist from Jonathan Forte at the 10:58 mark of the first half.
Seaford tied the score five minutes later and the two teams battled each other until Svenson broke through.
Goalkeeper Jason Nauman stopped 9 shots for the Indians.
Now 3-1 in the conference and 4-2 overall, the Indians led 16-7 in shots and 4-0 in corner kicks.
Caesar Rodney 6,
Indian River 2
The Indians suffered their first Henlopen Conference loss to fall to 2-1 in the conference and 3-2 overall. The Indians tied the match 1-1 in the first half on a goal by Jonathan Forte and tied it again, at 2-2, on a goal by Martin Chavaz on an assist by Sam Svenson. CR's relentless pressure, however, resulted in four straight goals. The unbeaten Riders (5-0) outshot IR 37-13 and led 3-0 in corner kicks. Indian River goalkeeper Jason Nauman recorded 25 saves.
Indian River 4, Woodbridge 0
Photo: Indian River's Matt Polly
The Indians won their third straight match to rise to 2-0 in the Henlopen Conference Southern Division and 3-1 overall.
Indian River outshot Woodbridge 25-5. Since a season-opening loss, IR has outscored its last three opponents 13-2.
"We're still working at putting it all together as a team," said Indian head coach Howard Gerken. "Some days we play well and some days we're not so good. I'm still working on getting players into the best position to help the team."
Against Woodbridge, the Indians got a balanced attack with goals from Ryan Walsh, Dante Deshields and Matt Polly and another goal by Brandt Mais on a penalty kick.
It was the second straight game that Mais and Polly have scored goals.
Jonathan Forte assisted on two of the goals and Jeremy Showell assisted on the other.
Goalkeeper Jason Nauman recorded 5 saves for the shutout.
The Indians travel to Caesar Rodney for a conference game on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m.
Indian River 6, St. Thomas More 1
Photo: Indian River's Brandt Mais
The Indians, led by Jeremy Showell, piled up the goals in the nonconference victory.
Showell posted two goals and has now scored five goals in the Indians' first three games.
"We moved Jeremy from defense to offense," said Indian head coach Howard Gerken.
"He's a very good player and we wouldn't have done that if we didn't think he could help us on offense. He's mixed in well with our front line players and is helping us put more pressure on opposing defenses."
Also scoring goals were Brandt Mais, Justin Brooks-Ward, Sam Svenson and Matt Polly.
Jonathan Forte and Svenson contributed assists, while goalkeeper Jason Nauman had six saves.
Indian River led 26-3 in shots and 9-1 in corner kicks to rise to 2-1 overall with its second straight win.
Indian River 3, Smyrna 1
Photo: Indian River's Jonathan Forte
The Indians rebounded from their season-opening loss to beat Smyrna in their Henlopen Conference Southern Division opener.
Trailing 1-0 in the first half, IR posted a goal by Jonathan Forte in the first half and goals by John Giorgilli and Jeremy Showell in the second half to put the game away.
Showell assisted on Forte's goal and Timmy du Pont assisted on Showell's goal.
Goalkeeper Jason Nauman recorded 9 saves as the Indians rose to 1-1 in the conference and overall.
The Indians controlled the game as they led 22-10 in shots and 6-3 in corner kicks.
Stephen Decatur (Md.) 6, Indian River 3
Photo: Indian River's Jeremy Showell
The Indians dropped their season-opener to the defending Bayside Conference champions and 2001 Maryland state finalists.
Indian River tied the score 1-1 on a goal from nearly midfield by Jeremy Showell, but Decatur responded with a pair of goals just before halftime to take control.
Showell scored again in the second half, along with teammate Justin Brooks-Ward.
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