Padua, thunderstorms end Sussex Tech girls’ soccer season

SMYRNA – Its season nearly over, the Sussex Tech girls’ soccer team could have been somber waiting out a two-hour weather delay in the Division I state tournament semifinals.

Sussex Tech senior Kelsey Stevenson closes in on Padua’s Megan Mallon.  (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Sussex Tech senior Kelsey Stevenson closes in on Padua’s Megan Mallon. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Instead the Ravens, who were trailing top seed Padua 4-0 when the teams were pulled from the Smyrna High field Wednesday evening, reminded coach Carlos Villa why he will miss them moving forward.

Cooped up in the locker room waiting for a decision on whether or not the remaining 19:17 would get played – it didn’t, the game was ruled official and Padua advanced to Monday’s championship match – No. 4 Sussex Tech entertained itself with games and reminisced about the journey back to the semifinals.

“We were playing charades, talking about memories in there, what just happened during the last hour and a half was a pleasure,” Villa said. “That’s the quality of kids we’re dealing with.”

Against a Ravens defense that packed itself tightly back near its own goal, Padua (16-0-1) broke through for its first score 16 minutes into the contest. Sophomore Arryana Daniels got an assist from junior Mackenzie Scully to produce the goal.

The Pandas added two more goals before halftime, including Daniels’ second, which came on a 30-yard lob that bounced out of Sussex Tech keeper Leslie Fazio’s grasp and into the net to make it 3-0.

Scully netted the final Padua goal in the game’s 52nd minute and not long after the thunder began clapping leading to the lengthy delay.

Tech's season ended with a loss to Padua in the semifinals. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Tech’s season ended with a loss to Padua in the semifinals. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Although disappointed for his seniors – Michelle Laz, Kelsey Stevenson and Fazio – Villa said he was proud of his Ravens, who finished the year 13-4.

“This has been a phenomenal season,” Villa said. “I’m so proud of these girls, the effort they gave and how they improved. I will never forget this season. It’s been beyond a pleasure to coach these girls.”

From the Sussex County Sports Desk

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