The top four seeds, No. 1 Padua Academy, No. 2 Caesar Rodney, No. 3 Charter School of Wilmington and defending state champion No. 4 Middletown all advanced to the DIAA Girls Soccer State Semifinals on Wednesday night.

The No. 4 Middletown Lady Cavaliers are one step closer toward defending their state title, after narrowly escaping a very game No. 5 Appoquinimink in the DIAA Girls Soccer state quarterfinals Wednesday night at Smyrna High.

After a relatively high scoring game went to the Lady Jags when the teams met in late April, Middletown was able to fend off Appo’s offensive attack this time, winning 1-0.

Middletown moves onto the state semifinals next Wednesday, taking on No. 1 Padua Academy in a rematch of last year’s championship game.

The Pandas advanced Wednesday night, defeating No. 8 Cape Henlopen in impressive fashion, 5-0.

In the second semifinal game, No. 2 Caesar Rodney will match up against No. 3 Charter School of Wilmington.

The Lady Riders' Wednesday night 4-1 win over No. 7 William Penn was powered by juniors Jessie Prillman, Megan Powers and Macy Ramsey.

Prillaman opened the scoring, followed by goals by Powers and Ramsey before William Penn’s Alexis Semmel cut the lead to 3-1 at halftime.

In the second half, CR kept the Lady Colonials  off the scoreboard, while senior Kimberly Glasser would add an insurance goal to put the Lady Riders up by three for good.

Caesar Rodney kept the dangerous William Penn offense in check, outshooting them 15-7 while also leading in corners, 7-1.

Wilmington Charter advanced on Wednesday night, defeating No. 6 Sussex Tech, 1-0.