At the halfway mark of the regular season, Middletown girls soccer is showing this year’s team is just as strong as last year’s undefeated squad.
While the Lady Cavaliers have suffered a defeat this season, they enter the spring break with an impressive mark through eight games. At 7-1 overall, Middletown sits atop the state alongside fellow Blue Hen Flight A competitor Charter School of Wilmington.
Coming into this season it was clear Middletown had an impressive group of returning players and so far that core had produced not only with numbers on the scorecard, but leadership on and off the field.
“The returning players have developed into a group of focused teammates that have tasted success and want to build upon that,” said Middletown Head Coach Brian Derrickson. “Every player is expected to bring a level of leadership - when that happens everything comes together for the common cause, to be as good as you can be as a team.”
The Lady Cavs have seen production up and down the lineup this season, from seniors to even freshman.
Senior Alyssa Poarch has led the way for Middletown, but she’s had plenty of help from juniors Leigh Willis, Rachel Finelli, Alexandra Rodriguez, sophomores including goalkeeper Taylor Wolf and Susan Sesay along with freshman Cecily DiVirgilio and Hayley Rohrer.
That group helped lead the Lady Cavaliers to five straight wins to start the season by a combined score of 31-2.
Middletown opened the year with a 7-2 win over Delmar, before rallying off four straight shutout wins. First, they’d down Delcastle and St. Georges Tech by 4-0 scores then knocking off both Concord and Newark 8-0.
After suffering their first regular season defeat since May of 2015 - a 4-2 loss to defending champs Caravel Academy - Middletown heads into the spring break on a two game winning streak.
Both wins came by way of shutout, 7-0 over Ursuline Academy and 5-0 over Delaware Military Academy, giving Middletown six shutout victories this season.
After last Thursday’s victory over DMA, the Lady Cavaliers will have over a week between games as most teams have a pause in their schedule for spring break.
While you never want to slow the momentum of a team playing as well as Middletown is now, a break is a chance to rest up and prepare for the home stretch of the season.
“Complacency is easy [at the start of the new year] when a team goes undefeated during the previous year,” said Derrickson. “So, we have tried to focus on taking things day-by-day and handling the challenges each day presents with a positive and successful result.”
The Lady Cavaliers have just six games remaining, several against the Blue Hen Conference.
After the break, Middletown returns for three straight road contest against Mt. Pleasant, Charter School of Wilmington and St. Mark’s.
They’ll close out their season with two more road games against Appoquinimink and Smyrna along with their last two home dates against A.I. duPont and William Penn.
Middletown is back on the pitch Monday, April 24 at Mt. Pleasant starting at 3:30 p.m.