Sussex Academy soccer scoring wins during inaugural season

GEORGETOWN — At first glance, Sussex Academy’s record in boys’ soccer might not seem overly impressive.

But being 4-4-1 midway through its first varsity season and during its inaugural run in the Henlopen Conference Southern Division is nothing to sneeze at. Factor in that the Seahawks, whose record includes a tie with Delmar and a 6-0 win over Smyrna, have no seniors and just three juniors on the roster and the feat becomes even greater.

Sussex Academy is 4-4-1 through the first half of its inaugural varsity soccer season. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Sussex Academy is 4-4-1 through the first half of its inaugural varsity soccer season. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

“They’ve surprised me with their discipline,” said Sussex Academy head coach Adilson DeLima, himself a former professional soccer player. “The kids respond to me a lot, and that makes me excited for the future.”

DeLima doesn’t think the Seahawks are satisfied with their current standing. That, the coach said, is a good thing and will aid in their drive to improve. Being a small school, Sussex Academy players can also draw motivation from being the underdog.

“We want to be at the top of the state in a few years,” DeLima said following last week’s narrow 1-0 loss to Milford. “It’s a very small school, so playing other schools with more kids is challenging. Right now we’re teaching the basic things, skill training and possession. They just have to get better every day.”

If the young Seahawks continue to improve the way he hopes, DeLima is confident they will reach their goal of being a Division II playoff team in the coming seasons.

“I believe in my team and I believe in me,” he said.

Sussex Academy is scheduled to play again Thursday, 5:30 p.m., at Seaford. A day later the Seahawks host Woodbridge for a 3:30 p.m. match.

This year’s listed roster is: juniors Domenico Santo, Nathanael Riddle and Colden Fees; sophomores Adam Krim, Elijah Boladas, James Riddle, William Davis, Ian Figueroa, Christopher Smith, Benjamin Davis, Brandon Ochoa and Estarion Sunborn; freshmen Ross Moshier, Matthew Berdini, Riley McCoy, Storm Willey, Kannex Camarco, Jesse Jimenez and Ronald Faust.

From the Sussex County Sports Desk

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