Delaware Sports Zone

By- Sean Greene

DMA’s Callie Skurla rebounded a shot off the crossbar and converted a double overtime winner for a 1-0 victory over Tower Hill to claim the 2018 DIAA Girls Soccer Championship.

Both defenses frustrated talented attacks, and 80 minutes of soccer wasn’t enough to separate the top 2 teams in the state.

In the first golden goal overtime, Julia Emerich was able to deny a chance from Tower Hill’s Amelie Goedeke from the edge of the 6-yard box to keep the game scoreless.

DMA would get their own chance later in the first 10-minute period, but Isabelle Kowal was there to block the chance.

In the second overtime, Tower Hill had an attack in the 93rd minute that smashed off the crossbar and the Seahawks were able to hold the shutout.

Two minutes later, the breakthrough happened.

DMA freshman Alyssa Ruggeri broke free on the right wing, and sent a cross to Vanessa Keir.

Keir’s drive looped off the left-side of the crossbar, and it took a fortunate bounce right to Skurla, who half-volleyed a low shot to the left of Tower Hill’s keeper setting off their program’s first championship celebration.

Tower Hill took 20 shots in the game, requiring 11 saves from winning keeper Julia Emerich. DMA’s 12 shots led to 6 saves for Kowal.

The title is DMA’s third in school history, after claiming two in volleyball.

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