Soccer | The boys soccer team was the last team in the D2 DIAA Tournament as the #12 seed. Wednesday they went on the road to take on #5 Delaware Military Academy. The Saints knew to win this match, they would have to play as a unit. It was a tight match throughout. Everyone contributed and helped keep DMA out of the net through regulation. Talan Esposito ’24 as a defender saved two sure goals to preserve the 0-0 tie in regulation. Ike Lawrence's ’23 dominated in the air and was able to win many 50/50 balls to give the Saints extra possession time. The Saints thought they had a game winner when Flynn Bowman ’22 scored a goal but was called back. After 2OTs and still no goals on either side. The match went to penalty shots. The Saints have been snakebit by penalty shots in the state tournament for over a decade. The Saints were able to shoot second and hoped to finally break the “curse”. DMA scored their first goal but Tony Wang ’22 answered making it 1-1. DMA scored again but in the bottom frame, Jake Kelly ’22 also scored making it 2-2. Same result in the third frame with DMA scoring and then Ike answering, 3-3. Finally something gave when Emmanuel Appentung ’23 saved DMA’s fourth shot. Crawford Seeley ’22 was able to give the Saints the lead and did so with a goal that put the team up 4-3. Either Appentung had to make one more save or it would come down to Liam Hurtt ’22 having to score one more goal. Appentung, who can be heard every match, directing and encouraging his teammates, wanted the opportunity to lead and put the match away. He did so with a save and the Saints mobbed him in celebration. The team then ran over to stands to celebrate and hug their families after finally breaking the St. Andrew’s “PK Curse” with the final tally being St. Andrew’s 1, Delaware Military Academy 0 (PKs, SAS 4, DMA 3).
In their quarterfinals match on Saturday they were taking on #4 Wilmington Friends School who had a record of 12-1-2 for the season. In their two head-to-head matches this season, the Quakers won 0-3 but the Saints tied the Quakers in the second match. The team was hoping to build off of the tie and learn from it to pull the upset. The match was close from start to finish. Neither team was able to score in the first half. Both teams created opportunities but nothing came of them. The tie at halftime was playing into St. Andrew’s strategy. The Quakers have been a strong offensive team all season, but if the Saints defense could hold and the offense scored one goal, the Saints would be able to win. Early in the second half, this strategy started to pay off when Tony Wang ’22 found the back of the net. The Saints were up 1-0 and looking to hold on for the next 25 minutes. The clock creeped along, but the defense continued to hold. Emmanuel Appenteng ‘23 recorded another shutout in goal and the Saints won 1-0.
Cross Country | The cross country teams had their final race of the season at the DIAA Championship at Brandywine Creek State Park. The girls team was looking to continue their success from the DISC and New Castle Championships. The weather and elements picked up for the worse right before the girls race began. The Saints stepped up to the challenge and ran a great race. The Saints were led by Lily Murphy ’23 (20:39.20) who finished in 6th place. Lia Miller ’23 (21:02.30) was right behind her and finished 7th. Leah Horgan ’25 (21:13.10) gave the Saints their third top 10 finisher when she crossed the finish line in 9th place. The top finishes by Lily, Lia, and Leah helped the Saints finish 4th overall out of 30+ teams.
The elements from the girls race had passed by the time the boys race started, but the course was wet and muddy. The boys took on the challenge and had success. The team finished 6th overall and had strong finishes with Alec Finch ’22 (19:28.90) finishing 18th, Harry Murphy ’23 (20:11.50) finishing 33rd, Austin Daly ’22 (20:21.90) finishing 40th, and Zach Atalay ’23 (20:31.00) finishing 44th.
Football | The football team finished out their regular season against Wilmington Friends School on the road. Both teams had already secured their spot in the state tournament. The Quakers rushing attack came out strong against the Saints who were missing a few starters on the defense side of the ball. The Saints tried to hold them but the Quakers found the endzone early and often and were in control for most of the game. The Saints found the endzone late in the 4th quarter but it was not enough as Wilmington Friends won 8-48 to claim the DISC Championship title.
The season is not over for the Saints as they return to the state tournament for the first time in over a decade! The team is the #4 seed in the Class 1A DIAA State Championship and will be playing #5 Indian River on November 27th at 1pm, location TBD.