The Cape at Delmar game Oct. 1, won in overtime by Cape 2-1 on a shot by Allie Yeager, really began late afternoon Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, after Cape secured a 2-1 state championship victory over the Wildcats in Milford.
The Vikings graduated five seniors; the Wildcats only one. Both storied programs commenced to reload, setting each other in their sights. The round one regular-season game means less than a postseason state championship showdown, but don’t tell that to the hundreds who rimmed the unnamed turf field “down to Delmar” on a hot October afternoon.
“I never saw momentum shift so dramatically in a game and never saw us actually look tired,” said coach Debbie Windett. “We controlled the action in the first half, but their goalie [Tressie Windsor] kept them in the game. In the second half, we were slow to the ball and got ourselves in trouble.”
Cape scored with 7:19 left in the first half when Amanda Smith, camped by the far post, slammed home a crossing pass from Marlee McGinness. The Vikings had a near miss off a corner on the last play of the first half.
Delmar held an 11-8 advantage on corners in the game but was outshot 14-10. They converted at 6:31 left in the game as an insertion pass from Amy Wilson went right to the stick of Sara “Booter” Ellis, who sent one of her patented big banger slap shots into the cage to tie the game.
‘”We just didn’t get to her,” Windett said. "We were not flying to the ball.”
The game went to a sudden death 10-minute overtime, which is a 7-on-7 open-field heart-stopper, where defenders in open space must earn their money.
Cape’s Lexi Woodruff and Tiara Duffy were all about it keeping the ball off goalie Katie Kolebielski. Duffy, a two-time all-state player and arguably the best defender in the state, thwarted a Delmar run down the left side late in overtime, then carried the ball into the Cape offensive end, where after a bunch of whack and smack shots, Allie Yeager got a clean look and did not miss, sending home the game-winner.
Cape improved to 6-0-1 and prepared to host rival Sussex Tech Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m.
The Wildcats dropped to 8-1 on the season.