Middletown’s Alexa Rodriguez and Julia Osborn scored goals as the defending Division I soccer champions held off the Charter School of Wilmington 2-1 on Monday night.
Neither team could get their opportunities on target in the first 20 minutes of the game, with both teams missing empty nets off of nice passes.
Middletown’s Rodriguez changed that script in the 23rd minute, when she collected a failed clearance 25 yards away from the Force goal. She did a couple of dekes to pick up some shooting space, and then launched a left-footed drive that went over the keeper’s hand and under the crossbar to put the Cavs up 1-0 at halftime.
Charter School of Wilmington continued to get good looks, but it wasn’t until a corner kick in the 54th minute that they fully tested Taylor Wolf.
Middletown’s keeper had to leap up and grab Mae Plum’s header off of a well-conceived set piece and maintain the slim edge for the Cavs.
That lead doubled six minutes later when Leigh Wills was able to shake off a defender on the left edge of the penalty area, and send a left-footed cross inside of the 6-yard box. Freshman Julia Osborn raced into position near the far post, and half-volleyed a shot back across the face of the goal and inside the post for an insurance tally.
The insurance immediately had to be cashed in, as Charter took the ensuing kickoff and quickly attacked the Cavs’ defensive end, with Sheyenne Allen scoring on an 18-yard shot to get the lead down to 2-1 with 19 minutes left to play.
Allen would get one more chance with about 6 minutes left from a similar spot, but this time Wolf was able to smother the shot, and the Cavs ran out the clock for the victory.
Wolf made 4 saves for Middletown (4-1), who return to Flight A action on Wednesday against Hodgson back at their high school.
Gabby Simmons made 6 stops for Charter of Wilmington (4-1), who look to bounce back at home against Saint Elizabeth on Wednesday.