Smyrna lost a tough game to Middletown 5-0 in their season opener in a game played as part of the Upstate-Downstate Soccer Challenge held Saturday at Dover High School.
It was rough first half for the Smyrna Eagles boys' soccer team in their 2013 debut. The Eagles fell to Middletown 5-0 in the second game of the Delaware Athletic Directors Upstate-Downstate Soccer Challenge in a tournament played Saturday at Dover High School.
Middletown opened the scoring early on a goal by sophomore forward Geovanni Garcia on a nice cross by Chad Poarch in the third minute.
Poarch would go on to have a great opening day, scoring the next three goals, all in the first half.
Poarch's first goal, and the Cavalier's second goal of the contest, was scored off a corner kick in the tenth minute. The sophomore midfielder would get his second goal of the half 12 minutes late on a feed at the back end of a give-and-go. His third goal of the game came in the 31st minute on a nice setup from the midfield area.
Middletown coach Brian Derrickson said the quick goal and the nice 4-0 lead at the half was a good way to start the season. "It was a great start in the first game, and I told the team we played very well the first thirty minutes, but the last fifty minutes, not so well," he said.
Derrickson said he saw some things that he feels can be corrected in practice during the week before the next game.
Garcia scored his second goal and Middletown's fifth and final goal of the game in the 53rd minute after receiving a pass from Jon Hartwell. Zach Baker recorded the shutout in goal for the Cavs.
The Eagles outplayed the Cavaliers in the last forty minutes and had a few good scoring opportunities in the second half, but two shots sailed just wide past the Middletown goal and another went over the cross bar.
Coach Derrickson said the team did show some creativity on offense as he had to move some players around to new positions from a year ago. "We got a good win in the opener, but we have to get better during the season," he said.
Smyrna first-year coach Rich Gesner respectfully declined to comment on the game. The Eagles host Hodgson VoTech on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. The Cavaliers travel to New Castle to play William Penn on Thursday afternoon at 3:45 p.m.