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Vikings beat Sussex Tech 2-0

Team has rocketed to convincing wins over Pandas and Ravens
Sussex Tech goalie Grace Lee goes down to stop a Cape shot. DAVE FREDERICK PHOTOS
October 5, 2017

The Cape hockey team crashed on takeoff to start the season, losing at Dover 2-1, so coach Kate Austin gave her team the launch codes early to blast off toward the Division I tournament.  

“When Padua came to us last Saturday, it was time to find out what kind of team we are,” Austin said after Cape dominated Sussex Tech 2-0 for the team’s fifth straight win and a 6-2 record just past halfway through the regular season.

Cape defeated Padua 4-1 Sept. 30 and followed that with a 2-0 win over Sussex Tech. The Vikings combined for a 57-4 advantage in shots over those two games, with a 37-3 domination in corners. Padua and Sussex Tech have combined for a 10-3-1 record, and both squads are likely to make the postseason tournament.

Tech goalie Grace Lee put in a night’s work, facing 38 Vikings shots while being credited with 21 saves. Lee has an attack rather than react style, which often had the shooter playing defense and hoping not to get taken out to lunch before dinner.

“She will keep them in games,” said assistant coach Debbie Windett.

Cape scored cleanly with a corner shot off the stick of Annie Judge at 22:26 off a feed from Alia Marshall.

And then another storyline: Senior Katie Frederick, exactly one year after going down with a torn ACL, scored far post from right to left going through legs like croquet wickets to give Cape a 2-0 lead with 5:48 left in the first half.  

Coach Mia Paltrineri has the Ravens above the waterline, but the Ravens have tough games left against Dover, Delmar and Milford.

Cape was set to host Sussex Central at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5, before playing at Indian River at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10, then hosting Polytech at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12.

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