If one were to look at every stat that came out of the first round game in the DIAA girls soccer state tournament between No. 6 Appoquinimink High School and No. 11 Saint Thomas More Preparatory, final score excluded, it’d be easy to assume that Appoquinimink was celebrating a victory after the May 23 contest.
Despite bombarding the Ravens defense with shot after shot throughout the game, which was played at Appoquinimink High School, the Jaguars could not find the back of the cage Wednesday night.
The Ravens, on the other hand, had scoring opportunities that were very few and very far between. But, as it often goes in the tournament, it only took one goal, a goal that came off the foot of sophomore Alexa Schimp in the 70th minute of the game. It was a goal that Head Coach Josh Katz said looked like it was in slow motion.
And it ended up being the only goal Saint Thomas would need, as it won 1-0 and earned a chance to play No. 3 Caesar Rodney High School in the second round on Saturday, May 26.
“That was one of the gutsiest performances this team has ever put up,” Katz said. “Tom come to Appo and play them with the way they played the whole game, it was just a gutsy performance.”
Schimp, who scored her goal after running about 30 yards with a defender draped on her, and then shooting off balance, said the win by her team just shows the resolve the group of girls has.
“We all have a lot of heart,” she said. “We just don’t stop pushing until it’s done. We just want it so bad.”
While the Raven sideline was one of jubilation, shock and surprise at what they’d just accomplished, the Jaguars sat, heads down, wondering what else they could have done in a game they essentially controlled from the outset.
“I do think we outplayed them and dominated most of the game,” Appoquinimink Head Coach Christine Serin said. “It definitely wasn’t a lack of opportunity. It just didn’t seem to work. I really think that the girls played hard the entire 80 minutes, and that’s all we can ask for. This is going to be a tough loss for us.”