May River boys soccer began take two of its long-awaited state title defense with a 2-0 shutout of visiting Benedictine on Friday.
After having last season cut short and this year’s opener rained out, the Sharks started their season in impressive fashion — finally. Chris Hernandez and Zeke Chappelear netted goals for the Sharks, and the inexperienced May River defense turned in a dominant outing against a quality squad to preserve the shutout.
Hernandez scored on a free kick from just outside the 18 in the 42nd minute, breaking the deadlock just two minutes after halftime. Chappelear doubled the margin when he ripped a shot from 30 yards, and the defense took care of the rest.
Despite starting three freshmen and a sophomore, the May River backfield frustrating the Cadets, who came in averaging three goals per game but managed only three shots on goal. Brayden Garcia stopped all three to earn the clean sheet.
May River (1-0) hosts Class 3A power Oceanside Collegiate at 7:30 p.m. Friday.