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Appoquinmink ends Salesianum’s decade-long Championship run

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Appoquinimink Jaguars Boys Soccer DI State Champs photo courtesy of DIAA Stephanie Mark

After 10 years of dominance the Appoquinimink Jaguars break Salesianum soccer state championship run. These two teams are extremely familiar with each other having played each other in 4 of the 5 state championships. In a very physical battle that saw one player from each team receive a red card therefore disqualifying them and each team would finish with 10 players on the field. 

In only proper fashion this game would come down to a shootout. 60 minutes of play was not enough to determine a champion for these two teams. Each team would score 1 goal in the game. Salesianum would strike first with a goal from Jack Ross in the 27th minute of the game. Appoquinimink wouldn’t get on the board till the second quarter when Colby Niggebrugge headed a corner kick into the back of the net.

In the shootout the Jaguars would shoot first. Each team would score on their first kicks keeping the score even after one round. But Appoquinimink wouldn’t miss again. However that wouldn’t be the same for their opponent. The Sals had a shot blocked and they saw another sail wide of the net. The Jaguars were up 3-1 with two kicks remaining when T.J. Hastings stepped up and buried his shot sealing the title for Appoquinimink.

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