Over the years, Caesar Rodney has established themselves as a consistent contender in boys

Soccer.

At just about the halfway mark of their regular season schedule, the Riders sit in good position within the conference and the state standings, having won six of their first seven contests.

So far this season, the Riders have benefited from a core group of experienced and talented

seniors who seem to have their sights set on playing deep into the playoffs.

While that may be jumping ahead a bit, CR has been impressive early on against some tough

competition. Four of their six victories this season have come against teams that made the state tournament a year ago, including Charter School of Wilmington, Polytech and Sussex Central, along with Division II runner-up Indian River.

Before suffering their first loss of the season Thursday night to Sussex Tech, a 2-1 defeat in overtime, the Riders’ offense had been clicking in midseason form - scoring two goals or more in each game.

CR’s goal scoring has been spread out nicely, with 10 different players tallying at least one goal this season, including seniors Thomas McPoyle, David Haynes, Kyle Wentling and Steven Ferrandino.

Head coach Darrell Gravatt says the team’s ability to tilt the field has them off to an undefeated

start.

“Our team has been able to maintain possession for long periods of time, we’ve also been able

to switch the field,” Gravatt said. “Both of these things have allowed us to create numerous

scoring opportunities.”

With 8 games still left this season, Gravatt and the team know the grind is only beginning.

Though, they’re encouraged by their start and know what they have to do to keep it going.

“We need to stay healthy, focused and every man needs to play his assigned role on the team,”

Gravatt said.