On Saturday, the top two seeds will battle for the Division I DIAA Girls Soccer State Championship, when No. 1 Padua Academy takes on No. 2 Caesar Rodney.
The top-seeded Pandas advanced on Wednesday night, knocking off defending state champion Middletown in a rematch of last year’s state title game.
Meanwhile, Caesar Rodney moved onto the state title game eliminating No. 3 Charter School of Wilmington in penalty kicks.
Padua took an early lead and never looked back, frustrating the Lady Cavaliers at every turn to hold on for the slim 2-0 victory over last year’s Cinderella champion.
Padua closed out the season 14-1, earning the No. 1 overall seed in the state tournament. In the opening round, they got past No. 8 Cape Henlopen, 5-0, before advancing to the state title game after a 2-0 win over No. 4 Middletown in the semifinals.
Trailing 2-1 in the 65th minute, Caesar Rodney tied things up off a Jessie Prillaman goal, forcing overtime. Nothing was solved after two overtime periods, forcing penalty kicks, which the Lady Riders would win 6-5 in the 10 penalty kick rounds.
Caesar Rodney earned a trip to the semifinals after a 4-1 win quarterfinals victory over No. 7 William Penn, before knocking off No. 3 Charter on Wednesday night.