Padua's Paige Kenton breaks free for a goal in the 2019 DIAA D1 Girls Soccer Championship Game

Padua's Paige Kenton breaks free for a goal in the 2019 DIAA D1 Girls Soccer Championship Game

Padua's Brieana Hallo converted two free kicks as the Pandas avenged a regular-season loss with a 4-1 win over Wilmington Charter in the 2019 DIAA D1 Girls Soccer Championship Game.

It's not often that Padua loses in the regular season in-state, but it happened twice this year, once to this year's D2 champion Caravel, and also in overtime to the Force back on May 6.

In that game Padua outshot Wilmington Charter 12-7, and in the first half, they dominated the run of play.

The Force didn't get a shot from near the penalty area until the 30th minute, but by then they were already behind.

Paige Kenton gave Padua the lead in the 17th minute, when she won a ball from two defenders, and worked an excellent wall pass with Kristi Cox to get some seperation, before winning a battle with Charter's keeper who had come off of her line but couldn't stop the ball from pinballing in.

Wilmington Charter would get that 30th minute opportunity, and it took a sprawling Sophia Gonser going to her right from keeping it from finding a home inside the offensive left post.

A foul would be called in the 38th minute that didn't make the Force fans happy, and they'd be even more displeased moments later when Padua sophomore Brieana Hallo connected on a 30-yard shot that went off the fingertips of the outstretched keeper and under the crossbar to double the lead going into halftime.

At that point, Padua had a 14-2 shot advantage, with a 7-2 edge in on-frame chances.

Wilmington Charter would get on the board in the 54th minute, but in the 62nd minute, Hallo got another chance from about 30 yards away, and her curling shot went inside the far post to give the Pandas some breathing space at 3-1.

Sophomore Sophia Marini sealed the victory as she kicked home a rebound of Hallo's hat trick attempt, and the Pandas earned their 2nd straight state title.

Padua ends the season at 14-3, while Wilmington Charter's hopes for an unbeaten campaign were blemished as they finished 16-1-1.

WDEL/Delaware SportsZone Sports Director. National Sports Media Association's Delaware Sportscaster of the Year (2013).