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Middletown repeats, Caravel returns to the summit in Delaware High School girls state finals



Photo by Matthew Ralph

An early goal from star forward Gabby Riley was all Middletown needed to defeat their crosstown rivals for the second straight year and Caravel Academy was able to re-establish themselves as a girls soccer powerhouse in Delaware in state finals played Saturday at Cape Henlopen High School.

Riley, a University of Delaware-bound senior, was played into goal in the 4th minute by Lily Holcroft and showing her grit she was able to get the ball past Appo goalkeeper Emerson Brooks on a 50-50 challenge for the ball. Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah McFarland and the back line were able to keep the Jaguars in check the rest of the way for the 1-0 win. The title was the Cavaliers’ second straight and third overall (they first won it in 2017).

Ninth-grader Sydney Hayden’s left foot accounted for two goals and senior Anayah Price had the game-winner to lead Caravel to the program’s 7th state title and first since 2021 with a 3-1 win over Ursuline Academy. Zoe Carberry scored a goal from distance to cut into the 3-0 lead but it was too little too late for the 8th seed to spring another upset.

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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