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BEAR – Archmere was making its first appearance in the girls’ state soccer final since 2004, and for a while it appeared that the Auks might become Delaware’s first Division II champions. But a Caravel goal early in the second half broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Buccaneers a 2-1 win and the title.
CeCe Poole’s innocent-looking shot from 37 yards out five minutes into the second half crept off the fingertips of the Archmere keeper and into the net, providing the winning margin. It was Poole’s first career goal.
The Auks had several chances to tie in the final minutes, but none closer than the final one. With 10 seconds remaining, Laura Jogani fired a shot from 25 yards. Caravel’s Emily Sweeney headed it straight up in the air, and the ball hit the post on the way down. Goalkeeper Sydney Badel was able to grab the ball near the goal line, and seconds later the horn sounded.
Archmere took a lead in the 17th minute when junior Kassidy McVey took a long crossing pass and pounded it home from six yards out. Just three minutes later, the Bucs tied it when Caravel’s Katie Fullerton outraced the Auks’ keeper to a loose ball and tapped it into the open net.
In the closely played contest, Archmere outshot Caravel, 10-9. The Auks finished the season 16-2, with the only other loss coming to Division I state champion Padua. Caravel ended the season at 16-1-1.