Field Hockey Recap
First Round States
Sussex Central 1, Cape Henlopen 0
An unbeaten season ended in devastating fashion as the Delaware state field hockey tournament's top seed suffered one of the biggest upsets in tournament history.
Cape had gone 15-0-1 during the regular season including a 2-1 victory over Sussex Central, but became the first No. 1 seed in the tournament to fall to a No. 16 seed.
The Vikings had plenty of opportunities to score as they outshot Central 12-6 and held a 14-13 advantage in penalty corners.
But a goal by Central's Kim Jones on a penalty stroke with just 2:49 remaining. Cape had three more penalty corners after Jones' goal but couldn't the ball past Central goalie Ashley Jones.
During the regular season, Cape won its second straight Henlopen Conference championship under first-year head coach Gretchen Wyshock
The Vikings reached the state semifinals in 2001 and the state finals in 2000.
Cape Henlopen 3, Delmar 0
Photo: Cape Henlopen's Amanda Haxton (top) and coach Gretchen Wyshock
While the game may not have been for the Henlopen Conference championship as it has been the past two years, the Vikings' quest for the title ended up going through Delmar nonetheless.
With Amanda Haxton, Amanda Warrington and Lisa Williams scoring goals, the Vikings clinched their second straight championship as they rose to 12-0 in the conference and 13-0 overall.
Cape has now beaten Delmar three straight times including twice last season -- 1-0 during the regular season to propel the Vikings to last year's championship and 3-1 in the first round of the state tournament.
The two teams tied 1-1 during the 2000 regular season and wound up tied for the conference championship.
On Tuesday, Cape got on the board in the first half when Haxton scored on an assist from Danielle Renken.
Warrington's goal, on an assist from Amy Levy, then put the Vikings up 2-0 in the second half.
Williams provided the insurance goal on an assist from Dominique Scott.
The conference title was the first for new head coach Gretchen Wyshock.
Cape dominated the game with advantages of 20-5 in shots and 19-9 in penalty corners.
Goalies Nicole Rhoades and Ellery Matthews combined on the Vikings' seventh shutout of the season. Cape hasn't given up more than one goal in any game this season.
Cape has games remaining against Sussex Tech and Wilmington Christian before starting the state tournament on Nov. 6.
Cape Henlopen 2, Lake Forest 1
Photo: Cape Henlopen's Amy Levy
The Vikings survived yet another close call to remain unbeaten in its quest for a second straight Henlopen Conference championship.
Amanda Warrington scored at the 5:34 mark of overtime to lift Cape to 11-0 in the conference and 12-0 overall.
Amy Levy gave Cape a 1-0 lead in the first half on an assist from Megan Fullmer.
The Vikings dominated the game but couldn't find the cage.
Cape outshot Lake Forest 25-3 and led 23-3 in penalty corners.
Cape goalie Nicole Rhoades made 3 saves. Lake Forest fell to 6-2 in the conference and 7-2 overall.
Cape Henlopen 2, Seaford 1
Photo: Cape Henlopen's Amanda Warrington
The Vikings escaped with a narrow Henlopen Conference Northern Division win to remain unbeaten.
Amanda Warrington scored the second of her two goals with just 14 seconds left in the game to lift Cape to 10-0 in the conference and 11-0 overall.
Warrington was assisted on her first goal by Amy Levy and on her game-winner by Dominique Scott.
Cape led Seaford 12-4 in shots and 16-11 in penalty corners.
Goalie Nicole Rhoades posted 1 save for the Vikings.
The victory moved Cape closer to its second conference championship.
Cape Henlopen 2, Polytech 0
Photo: Cape Henlopen's Lisa Williams
The Vikings improved to 10-0 overall and maintained their lead in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division with the victory.
Cape used a goal in the first half by Amy Levy and another in the second half by Lisa Williams to earn the win.
Amanda Warrington and Megan Fullmer assisted on the goals, while goalie Nicole Rhoades recorded 1 save for the shutout.
Cape led Polytech 21-2 in shots and 19-7 in penalty corners.
Cape has posted 6 shutouts in its 10 games and is outscoring its opponents 3.4 to .4 goals per game. The Vikings have yet to allow more than one goal in any game this season.
Cape Henlopen 8, Middletown 1
Photo: Cape Henlopen's Megan Fullmer
The Vikings cruised to an easy nonconference victory to remain unbeaten.
Now 9-0 overall, Cape scored all of its goals before Middletown got on the board. The Vikings led 5-0 at the half.
Amanda Warrington led Cape with three goals, while Amanda Haxton knocked in two more.
Lisa Williams and Danielle Renken scored Cape's other goals.
Recording assists for the Vikings were Megan Fullmer with three, Amy Levy with two, and Warrington and Dominique Scott with one apiece.
The Vikings led 28-1 in shots and 16-0 in penalty corners.
The game was Cape's first non-conference game of the year.
Cape Henlopen 6, Laurel 1
Photo: Cape Henlopen's Brittany Jackson
The Vikings easily won the Henlopen Conference contest as they scored four first-half goals and were never threatened.
Now 8-0 in the conference and overall, Cape got two quick goals from Amy Levy at the 9:55 and 14:58 marks of the first half.
Dominque Scott added another goal at 26:26 and Megan Fullmer put in the Vikings' final goal of the half at 28:48.
In the second half, Brittany Jackson scored the Vikings' fifth goal and Amanda Warrington knocked in their last goal.
Fullmer added two assists to her goal, while Warrington and Lisa Williams added assists.
For the game, Cape outshot Laurel 27-1 and led 21-4 in penalty corners.
Cape goalie Nicole Rhoades made 1 save.
Cape Henlopen 1, Milford 0
Photo: Cape Henlopen's Samantha Coveleski
The Vikings remained undefeated on Samantha Coveleski's first half goal in a Henlopen Conference game.
Coveleski scored the game-winning goal at the 19:21 mark.
Cape outshot Milford 12-6 and led 14-2 in penalty corners.
Goalie Nicole Rhoades posted 4 saves for the shutout.
Cape is now 7-0 in the conference and overall.
Cape Henlopen 4, Smyrna 0
Photo: Cape Henlopen's Dominique Scott
The Vikings rolled to their sixth straight win to start the season and avenged their only Henlopen Conference of last season.
Cape spread the offense out, as Lisa Williams registered a goal in the first half and an assist, and Megan Fullmer, Amanda Warrington and Dominique Scott all contributed goals in the second half to break the contest open.
Amy Levy and Sarah Ritthaler added assists, while goalie Nicole Rhoades only had to make one save to earn the shutout as the Vikings dominated play.
Cape outshot Smyrna 13-3 and held a 12-3 advantage in penalty corners.
Williams scored Cape's first goal at the 22:54 mark of the first half for a 1-0 halftime lead. The Vikings then iced the game the goals by Fullmer, Warrington and Scott in an 11-minute span.
The Vikings are now 6-0 in the conference and overall.
Cape Henlopen 1, Caesar Rodney 0
Photo: Cape Henlopen goalie Nicole Rhoades
The Vikings remained unbeaten with the tense Henlopen Conference Northern Division victory.
The outcome wasn't decided until Amy Levy knocked in a pass from Lisa Williams in the second half and goalie Nicole Rhoades kept the Riders out of the scoring column.
Cape led 7-5 in shots in rising to 5-0 in the conference and overall. The teams tied 5-5 in penalty corners.
Rhoades finished with 3 saves in posting her third shutout of the season.
Caesar Rodney had been unbeaten but fell to 2-1-1 with the loss.
Cape Henlopen 6, Indian River 1
Photos: Cape Henlopen's Amanda Warrington (top); Cape's Megan Fullmer (No. 5, below) lines up a shot against Indian River.
Any notion that the Vikings might struggle this year were quickly dispelled in the second half as the Vikings blew open a tight Henlopen Conference game with four goals in a 10-minute span in the second half .
Amanda Warrington started the defending conference champions' scoring spree with a pair of goals from the top of the circle at the 27:16 and 24:55 marks of the second half.
Megan Fullmer then scored on an assist from Danielle Renken at 18:20 and Sam Coveleski added a goal at 17:34, also off an assist from Renken.
Renken scored the Vikings' final goal on an assist from Amanda Haxton, while Bridget Colburn gave the Vikings' their 1-0 first half lead on an assist from Dominique Scott.
The six goals were by far the most the Vikings, now 4-0 in the conference and overall, have scored this season as they struggled to get past Woodbridge and Sussex Central in their last two games.
Cape led Indian River 24-1 in shots and 13-1 in penalty corners. Goalie Nicole Rhoades didn't have to make a single save in recording the shutout.
Cape Henlopen 2,
Sussex Central 1
Photo: Cape Henlopen's Lisa Williams
The Vikings remained undefeated with the Henlopen Conference Northern Division win over Sussex Central.
Lisa Williams scored both goals for the Vikings, who outshot Central 16-7.
Cape also had a 10-7 advantage in penalty corners.
Amanda Warrington registered an assist for the Vikings, who rose to 3-0 overall and in the conference.
Cape Henlopen 1,
Woodbridge 0 (OT)
Photo: Cape Henlopen's Bridget Colburn
The Vikings survived an overtime scare in a Henlopen Conference contest that nearly turned into one of the biggest upsets in conference history.
Bridget Colburn scored the game-winning goal for Cape, which rose to 2-0 in the conference and overall, off an assist from Lisa Williams.
The Vikings controlled the game as they outshot Woodbridge 19-0 and held a 30-1 edge in penalty corners.
Cape Henlopen 3, Dover 0
Photo: New Cape field hockey coach Gretchen Wyshock (top) and senior Amanda Warrington (below)
The Vikings began the Gretchen Wyshock era with a shutout of their Henlopen Conference Northern Division foes. Cape spread the scoring around in its season-opener, as Amanda Warrington and Lisa Williams notched goals in the first half and Megan Fullmer added the final score in the second half.
Goalie Nicole Rhoades posted the shutout with three saves. Cape outshot Dover 22-4 and held a 17-7 advantage in penalty corners.
"I was a little nervous, not because of our team, though, because we have awesome athletes," said Wyshock. "I was just nervous with butterflies for my first game. It wasn't a negative nervousness. We really prepared ourselves mentally and physically so I wasn't nervous about that at all."
Wyshock replaces legendary Cape coach Ruth Skoglund, who had a 116-22-13 record in 9 seasons. The Vikings went 17-2 and reached the state semifinals last year under Skoglund. Skoglund guided Cape to four outright Henlopen Conference championships and one tie for the conference title with Delmar in 2000.
A St. Mark's second team all-state field hockey player who grew up in Fair Hill, Md., Wyshock comes to Cape after taking a year off to plan her wedding. She previously coached field hockey and lacrosse at Edgewood, Md., after graduating from the University of Delaware. She coached both sports at Independence Middle School in Hockessin while in college.
Even though Wyshock is not from Sussex County, she said she has wanted to coach at Cape Henlopen since college because of friends she has in the area and because her parents planned to retire in the area.
"I've always wanted to be at Cape," she said. "I've been applying here ever since I graduated from college but there was never an opening. This fell into my lap, and this will be my home forever now."
She said she understands she has big shoes to fill in replacing Skoglund but that community support, and support from long-time Cape field hockey assistant Mike Eisenhower and Skoglund, have made for a smooth transition.
"One of the biggest things is the parental support and community involvement," said Wyshock. "Other schools don't have the support from their families. We also constantly have teachers and administrators wishing us luck and attending our games.
"Ruth is a wonderful, wonderful lady. She's a phenomenal coach. I can always call her if I need help. She came to our scrimmage and to our first game. I wish I had actually gotten the chance to coach with her. What she's done to the program has made my job easier. It's a disciplined program and the girls are used to working hard and going out there and winning games. I hope to keep up that tradition this year."
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