The Jaguars, seeded second in the Division I state soccer tournament, will challenge top-seeded and eight-time defending champion Salesianum Saturday, Nov. 17 at Smyrna High School at 5 p.m.

For the third year in a row, the Division I state soccer championship comes down to Appoquinimink and Salesianum.

The game is set for Saturday, Nov. 17 at Smyrna High School, 500 Duck Creek Parkway, at 5 p.m.

The Sallies have won the state title eight straight years.

Last year, Salesianum edged the Jaguars 2-1 in the championship game.

This year during the regular season, the teams were tied 1-1 at halftime before the Salesianum pulled away to win 3-1. That game, on Oct. 13, was the last time Sallies allowed a goal.

So far in the state tournament, Salesianum has blown out eighth-seed Sussex Tech 7-0 and fifth-seed William Penn 6-0 to run its record to 15-2 overall. The Sallies' two losses were to out-of-state opponents Marquette from Wisconsin and St. Benedict's from New Jersey.


Appoquinimink edged seventh-seeded Charter School of Wilmington in the first round of the tournament on penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie.

Then the Jags defeated third-seeded Caesar Rodney 4-3 in overtime in the semifinals.

Against the Riders, Cody Niggebrugge gave the Jags a 1-0 lead with an assist from Matthew Meadows at the 10-minute mark of the first half.

After Caesar Rodney knotted the game at 1-1, Cole McNally scored for the Jags with an assist from Meadows at the 30-minute mark.

CR answered to tie the game at 2-2 before the end of the first half.

In the second half, the Riders took the lead at the 60-minute mark, but Meadows tied the game at 3-3 on a penalty kick at the 71-minute mark.

Then in overtime, Dylan Woomer scored the game winner for the Jags.

Appo outshot the Riders 26-8 and held a 10-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Eric Fasteson made three saves for Appo.

The Jaguars are now 13-2-2 with their only losses to Salesianum and William Penn.