Archmere dominates in D2 girls soccer championship

Nick HallidayHeadlines, Sports

Archmere girls soccer team your 2023 DIAA DII Girls soccer state champions, photo by Archmere Academy


The No. 4 seeded  Archmere Auks Upset the top two seeds to win the 2023 DIAA DII Girls Soccer state championship. 

After upsetting the No. 1 seed Caravel on Wednesday the Auks kept on their magical run as they beat the No. 2 seed Saint Mark’s for their first state championship title in girls soccer.

Archmere won its first state championship for girls soccer with a 6-1 victory over the reigning champs Saint Mark’s in dominant fashion.

The Auks scored the first three goals of the game before Saint Mark’s got on the board. 

Emma Gioffre scored the first goal off a nice kick from about 15 yards out that went right over the hand of the goalie in the top left corner.

A few minutes later Marina Mahon sent a great centering pass in front of the goal as Julianna Witherell headed in for the goal.

Witherell then scored her second goal as she found herself in front of the net as a loose ball found her foot knocking in the back of the net.

Saint Mark’s then answered with a goal of their own. Hailey Short was on the receiving end of a great through ball that hit her in stride as she shot it right past the Archmere goalkeeper Gabriela Fernandez

Archmere then went on another 3 goal run to take the commanding 6-1 lead which would prove to be the final score and the last of the scoring for the game. 

Gioffre set up a free kick right outside the 18 box. Saint Mark’s keeper Marissa Cirillo was able to block the shot but the rebound bounced right in front of her.

Unfortunately for the Spartans it went right to Lyla Bell of Archmere as she knocked it in the goal. 

Gioffre then scored the next two goals for the Auks to complete her hat trick. She picked the ball up at mid field and dribbled past a few Spartan defenders to have a one on one with Cirillo.

As Cirillo came out to try and stop her, Emma booted it with her left foot right past Cirillo. 

Sophia Tobin found a loose ball in front of the Spartans net, she settled it and took a shot that Cirillo blocked but the rebound went right to Gioffre who scored her third goal of the game.

 Archmere was led by Emma Gioffre who had a hat trick in this game with 3 goals. Julianna Witherell added 2 goals and Lyla Bell added one. Saint Mark’s lone goal was from Hailey Short.

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