Game of the Week
Indian River, 3-0
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Cape Henlopen's Amanda Warrington fires off a shot (above) while Indian River's Dayna Elliott and Cape Henlopen's Brandi Reed battle for the ball (below).
GEORGETOWN -- The Cape Henlopen High School field hockey team left little to chance this time.
Facing a vastly improved Indian River team that it edged in overtime during the regular season, the Vikings dominated from start to finish in a 3-0 Delaware State Field Hockey Tournament quarterfinal game on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000 at Sussex Tech.
Cape, the tournament's No. 2 seed with a 17-0-1 record, played most of the game in Indian River's end of the field.
The Vikings got two goals from Maren Ford and another from Amanda Warrington on an assist from Ford to reach the state tourney semifinals at the University of Delaware's Rullo Stadium.
The Vikings, the Henlopen Conference's co-champions with Delmar, will face 6th-seeded St. Mark's in the semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. St. Mark's is 15-3 after beating Delmar, 1-0, in double overtime in another quarterfinal game on Saturday.
Against Indian River (No. 10, 13-4-1), the Vikings put constant pressure on Indian goalie Aley Desiderio. Desiderio faced 22 Cape shots while Cape goalie Nicole Rhoades had to deal with only 3 shots from IR. Desiderio finished with 13 saves. Rhoades didn't have to make any saves.
Warrington scored first at 13:36 of the first half on an assist from Ford. Ford built the lead to 2-0 at 25:27 and iced the contest at 22:33 of the second half with her second goal.
The Vikings held a 13-5 edge in penalty corners.
13:36 -- CAPE HENLOPEN (1-0 Cape Henlopen)
25:27 -- CAPE HENLOPEN (2-0 Cape Henlopen)
22:33 -- CAPE HENLOPEN (3-0 Cape Henlopen)
Shots -- Indian River 3, Cape Henlopen 22.
Penalty Corners -- Indian River 5, Cape Henlopen 13.
Saves -- Indian River 13 (Aley Desiderio), Cape Henlopen 0 (Nicole Rhoades).
Photos: Indian River goalie Aley Desiderio stops a shot with a kick save (top), while Cape Henlopen's Maggie Lingo (above left) heads upfield and Indian River's Brittany Croll (middle right) battles for the ball.
Cape coach Ruth Skoglund on the difference between this game and the 3-2 overtime win over Indian River during the regular season:
"I think we put a little more pressure on the ball and maybe more shots on goal. We were able to finish our play a little bit better. The defense was better at pressuring the ball. We just played hard, played a little bit harder, more intensity, more pressure on the ball."
Skoglund on her message to the team before Saturday's game:
"We just wanted to get the ball in the cage. That was our main concern, get the ball in the cage and go from there. We were successful three times. We changed our corner defense a little bit since the last time we played them. We put more pressure on the ball. We tried not to allow them shots on goal."
IR coach Kathleen Fluharty on the loss:
"They were very strong defensively. We couldn't seem to get in front of their defense. We were waiting for them to miss the ball. There have been games where we've been successful that way and I think that's what happened today."
Fluharty on what she said to the team before the game:
"It's anybody's game. We took them into overtime early in the season. Really and truly they believed that they could give them a really good game. They were heads up on them but they (Vikings) were definitely in our 25 much more than we were in theirs."
Fluharty on a possible letdown after IR's big first round win over Caesar Rodney:
"I don't think so. I really think (win over CR) motivated them to really feel like we're playing our best and if there's a time for us to take Cape, it would be now."
Fluharty on the Indians' season:
"I'm thrilled with the season but there's only one team that gets to end the season with a win when it comes to playoff time. I build my team on building life skills and not just winning the chajmpionship and I think they all felt like it was a very successful season, as I do too. We were 6-9-1 last year and this is the furthest that ... well, some of these girls have never played in a playoff game, so, playoffs are expereincde. It would be nice if you could just not take those baby steps but this is one of those baby steps that they need.
Cape's Maren Ford on her performance:
""I take the shots when they're there. I always look for my teammates and if I don't have the shot I look for them. We're a team and we feed off each other and that's usually how we get the victory."
Ford on preparing for IR after the 3-2 overtime win over the Indians during the regular season:
"Once you're in the tournament, every team coming out, they want to win and go all the way. IR's never had a banner and this is the team I thought could do it. It wasn't going to be an easy battle and we knew it and were coming out even harder."
Ford on the difference between the 3-2 overtime win and the 3-0 quarterfinal win:
"The last game we were kind of flat coming out. We hadn't really had a challenge and they caught us off-guard. This time we knew how they could play and we were ready."
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