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Photo: Delmar's Brittany Elliott (top photo) tries to maneuver around Cape Henlopen's Beth Hitchens (24). In the photo below, Cape's Amanda Warrington, who assisted on Cape's only goal, battles against Delmar's Kristin Nichols.
LEWES -- Usually, a tie leaves two teams that are just fit to be tied. But this time, the Cape Henlopen and Delmar high school field hockey teams both came away from their Henlopen Conference heavyweight match feeling like they had won.
The second- and fourth-ranked teams in the state traded goals in the first seven minutes at Cape Henlopen on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, but couldn't get the ball into the goal for the remaining 53 minutes of regulation and 10 minutes of overtime.
The 1-1 tie left Delmar with a 7-0-1 mark and extended the two-time defending Henlopen Conference champions' unbeaten streak in the conference dating back to the 1997 season.
Cape, the state's second-ranked team, is now 9-0-1 following its second major game in three days. On Saturday, Oct. 7, the Vikings knocked off defending state champion Wilmington Christian, which had been ranked second in the state at the time.
The Vikings shocked the Wildcats with a goal by Katie Levy on a feed from Amanda Warrington just one minute into the game. Delmar quickly recovered, though, and tied the score 1-1 on an unassisted goal by Becca Gum at the 23:02 mark of the first half.
After that, the two teams traded thrusts, with Delmar dominating much of the first part of the second half and Cape the latter part of the game. Cape also controlled the action in the 10-minute overtime period.
29:00 -- CAPE HENLOPEN (1-0 Cape Henlopen)
23:02 -- DELMAR (1-1)
Shots -- Delmar 15, Cape Henlopen 15.
Penalty Corners -- Cape Henlopen 10, Delmar 6.
Saves -- Delmar 4 (Kim Whayland), Cape Henlopen 3 (Nicole Rhoades).
Delmar coach Linda Budd on the outcome:
"What an exciting game! It's everything you ask for in a hockey game. Both teams had their opportunities to win the game. It was one of those games where you'd hate to see anybody lose ... I wouldn't have wanted to be the one to lose. It was just a great game. The girls on both sides gave a great effort. I feel there was some good hockey played out here today. You saw some very talented girls and they did some nice things."
Budd on the reaction of her team to Cape's goal just one minute into the contest:
"It was just a little miscommunication on the corner, and I take the blame for that. As soon as we worked it out, the corners, after that, went fine. This is a young team, and I'm very proud of how they stepped up. There are times I have six sophomores out there including my goalie. The whole defense is new. I told them, 'You're going to get scored on this year. You just have to make sure you have one more goal than the other team. And they came back (from the early goal). That shows a lot of character on their part that they came back the way they did. I think they left it all out on the field today."
Cape Henlopen coach Ruth Skoglund on the outcome:
"It was a very good game. We knew it was going to be this intense. This was a well-played game. Coach Budd said it was one of those games you don't want either team to lose because they were playing so hard. I think Delmar is an awesome team. They are every bit as good as their record indicates. They're the defending conference champions and they still have a good team. They're very competitive and very aggressive. We have a lot of respect for Delmar, that's for sure."
Skoglund on the tough defense:
"I think there was a lot of midfield play from 25 to 25 and it just takes that final punch, but Delmar was on us inside the circle. They were quick to stop our drives."
Skoglund on her team's domination of the overtime period:
"We were able to play our passing game moreso in the overtime. This group likes to pass and there's more space when you take eight players off the field (going 7 on 7 instead of 11 on 11 in regulation)."
Skoglund on not deciding games with strokes:
"During the regular season, I think ties are fine. I've been in both situations, back in the 1980s when we did strokes and then in the eight overtimes we had in 1995 when we won the state championship. I like the overtimes because it gives more players the opportunity instead of 1 on 1 (goalie versus an offensive player)."
Delmar's Becca Gum on her goal:
"When they first scored I knew we had to step it up a lot and once we got the ball down there, I was really pumped and all I wanted to do was get the ball in the goal, and that's what I did. I knew it was going to be a close game and I knew I had to take every opportunity I could."
Gum on the pressure of Delmar's Henlopen Conference winning streak dating back to 1997:
"I think the fans are pressuring us but Miss Budd, our coach, was just telling us to do our best and whether or not we win or lose, just go out and do our best. I think the tie was just as good as a win. We played our best and that's all I can ask for."
Cape's Katie Levy on her goal:
"It was on a corner. Clara Hollingsworth fed it out to Amanda Warrington, who passed it back to me, and I just served it into the corner (of the goal)."
Levy about facing Delmar:
"They've been back-to-back conference champs for two years, in 1998 and 1999, and they've beaten us. They beat us last year 3-0, and we were both undefeated. We definitely talked about that, how this would probably decide the conference championship. We talked about that. We wanted to beat them but it came out in a draw."
Levy on the impact of the Vikings' win over Wilmington Christian on Saturday, Oct. 7:
"That definitely boosted the team's morale. They beat us 2-0 last year and were defending state champions. We came out ready to play in that game. We knocked one in there and held them off the remainder of the game. That was a definite morale booster."
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