After trailing No. 4 Newark High School, 1-0, at the half in their DIAA Division II semifinal match, Archmere junior Gavin Fanning scored off an assist from senior Andrew Rosenbaum in the 76th minute to send the Auks to the state championship game on Saturday. Archmere will play Wilmington Friends at 5:00pm at Dover High School for the Division II title.
The first Archmere goal came in the 65th minute, when Riley McAvinue '20 connected with a loose ball off the far post and into the back of the net, tying the game 1-1. That seemed to give Archmere a boost, as they had a few more chances before the winning goal by Gavin Fanning '21.
The Auks out-shot Newark, 12-5, and had 11 corner kicks to the Jackets’ three. Archmere (16-1) faces the Quakers (15-0-2) in a rematch of their semifinal match from last season, a 2-1 overtime win for Friends. It will be the Auks’ first championship appearance in soccer.