Big in Big Game
Key Conference Victory
Photos: Cape's Brittany Bailey and Milford's Morgan Whalen battle for the ball (above). Below, Whalen battles Cape's Lindsey Williams (left in photo).
MILFORD -- Their lessons learned, Cape Henlopen High School's field hockey players went about the business or righting things in the Henlopen Conference on Friday, Oct. 19, 2001.
And true to the preseason expectations, they put themselves back in the driver's seat for the Henlopen Conference title with a surprisingly easy 4-0 victory over previously undefeated Milford.
The Vikings, at 9-1 in the conference and 11-1 overall, are now tied with Milford atop the conference standings but hold the tie-breaker should the teams wind up tied.
Cape has conference games remaining against Sussex Central and Dover. Wins in both of those games would clinch outright for Cape the conference title it shared with Delmar last year.
Losses in either game could give the title to Milford, which, at 9-1 and 10-1, has games remaining against Sussex Central, Seaford and Caesar Rodney.
The Vikings controlled Friday's game with Milford from the start and took control of the scoreboard with three goals in a six-minute span in the first half.
Senior Lindsey Williams scored the first of her two goals at the 13:11 mark of the first half for a 1-0 Cape lead and followed that up with another goal on an assist from Casey Cahill for a 2-0 lead with 9:28 left in the half.
Senior Lauren Mazzotta then gave Cape its 3-0 lead with an unassisted goal with 7:27 left before halftime.
Mazzotta finished the scoring with a goal on an assist from Maren Ford with 4:41 left in the game.
The Vikings outshot Milford 17-3 and allowed the Bucs only one shot in the first half. Cape also led 14-7 in penalty corners.
Milford goalie Katie Holloway recorded 12 saves, while Cape goalie Nicole Rhoades needed to make just 3 saves for the shutout.
13:11 -- CAPE HENLOPEN (1-0 Cape)
9:28 -- CAPE HENLOPEN (2-0 Cape)
7:27 -- CAPE HENLOPEN (3-0 Cape)
4:41 -- CAPE HENLOPEN (4-0 Cape)
Shots -- Cape Henlopen 17, Milford 3.
Penalty Corners -- Cape Henlopen 14, Milford 7.
Saves -- Nicole Rhoades (CH) 3, Katie Holloway (M) 12.
Cape Henlopen head coach Ruth Skoglund on the win:
"Milford was a tough team. We knew it, but we came mentally ready to play today."
Skoglund on her team's scoring outburst:
"We finally got the finishing touch and put the ball in the cage. That's what this game is all about. Statistics can be yours all the way around but if you don't put the ball in the cage, it doesn't mean a thing. The Smyrna game showed us that."
Skoglund on the impact of the Smyrna loss:
"It was one of those games that showed them (Vikings) that they weren't invincible. Sometimes, no matter how you tell a team you have to be mentally ready for every game you play ... unfortunately, they had to learn the hard way. I think we have our focus back now, not that we didn't respect every team."
Cape player Lindsey Williams on the win:
"We knew we had to come out hard. They were undefeated and we had one loss. We knew we could do it."
Williams on jumping out to a big lead on Milford:
"Even when we had three goals, we knew we had to score more because they're a togh team."
Cape player Lauren Mazzotta on the win:
"We came out ready to play. We knew we had to work hard, that it wouldn't be a given game. We came out ready to play definitely today. We knew Milford would be good, but we knew if we played Cape hockey we'd come out with a win. We didn't have big heads. We did against Smyrna and we learned our lesson. We knew Milford would be one of the hardest games we've had and will have and we just came out ready to go."
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