Appoquinimink celebrates Colby Niggebrugge's game-winning goal against Newark

Appoquinimink celebrates Colby Niggebrugge's (8) game-winning goal against Newark

Appoquinimink's Colby Niggebrugge hit a diving header in the final minute of regulation as the Jags fended off Newark 2-1 in boys soccer Thursday.

Newark dropped to Flight B this season, eliminating this as a division game, but the two teams still went toe-to-toe in a physical battle.

Appoquinimink led 7-3 in shots at the half, but it took until the 37th minute when Ndeh Tima's 20-yard free kick went to the top-right corner of the net to give the Jags a 1-0 lead.

The Newark defense was consistently assaulted throughout the second half, but keeper Jeff Cerrato-Bonilla and his defense partners put on a show repelling the Jags attack.

Appo did hit two posts, including once on a penalty kick in the 50th minute, but it was a diving save in the 65th minute that made it seem like the Jags would not be able to break through again.

Newark eventually made them pay, as Michael Aullon-Gonzelez's service into the box from 25 yards away found Maddyan Ata, who managed to fight off 3 Jag defenders, and slam a right-footed shot past the keeper to the the game at 1-1 with 10 minutes to go in regulation.

On the last full play of regulation, Appoquinimink was awarded a corner kick. Having to set up quickly, Dominick Scioli's delivery was about hip-high, but Colby Niggebrugge went even lower, diving head-first near the edge of the 6-yard box, and guided it past the keeper for the game-winner.

Appoquinimink outshot the Yellowjackets 28-8, including 21-5 in the second half, but Cerrato-Bonilla's 12 saves tested Appo to the limit.

Appo (4-1-1) returns to Flight A action on Tuesday when they travel to Delcastle.