The Appoquinimink Jaguars are headed to the DIAA boys soccer division I championship after defeating #2 Cape Henlopen in the state semifinals Wednesday night at Smyrna High School.
Appoquinimink quickly began to establish offensive pressure against a high-tempo Cape Henlopen squad, generating some early first-half chances. The Vikings fought back, manufacturing some chances of their own as both teams traded early scoring opportunities.
The Jags had a golden opportunity early in the first half when Sam Jester was dragged down in the penalty error earning a penalty kick. However, Jester and the Jags were denied not once but twice by Cape goalkeeper Griffin Kammerer who was able to dive to his left knocking away Jester’s effort and immediately stuffed a rebound attempt to keep things scoreless.
Neither team would find the back of the net in the first half, and we went to the break scoreless.
The second half picked up where the first half left off, as both teams traded the occasional scoring chance but no damage was done.
That was until the 78th minutes with Yasef Basma scored to give Appoquinimink the 1-0 lead. With little time remaining, the Jags defense and goaltending stepped up and kept Cape from generating any chances in danger areas to hold on for the 1-0 victory.
The Jags now move on to the state championship game where they will face #1 seed and third-ranked team in the entire nation, Salesianum who defeated Caesar Rodney 2-0 in game two Wednesday night.
Appo and Salesianum will meet to crown a state champion this Saturday night at Smyrna High School starting at 7:00 p.m.