A full moon shrouded by low-lying clouds had Cape locals hoping for a two-hour Friday morning fog delay. The Senior Night field hockey game last Thursday, Oct. 17, against a dangerous Caesar Rodney had its own fog delay as Cape had an incredible 26 first-half shots and 17 corners but led just 1-0 at halftime. Cape’s goal came at 18:50 by Kat Judge on an assist by Tess Bernheimer.
“We work on corners every game and even before the game,” said coach Kate Windett. “Credit to our athletes who kept pushing the ball and dominating time of possession and field position."
Caesar Rodney got a quick look to start the second half and converted as Tara Daddio took a crossing pass from Alexis Prillaman and whacked it home at 28:50.
The Riders had also gotten a quick look to start the game, but Tiara Duffy slid in behind goalie Katie Kolibielski and made two saves at the goal line.
The Vikings, who haven’t lost a regular-season game to a Delaware opponent since 2009, weathered the storm, and leading scorer Allie Yeager ripped home a shot on a pass from Tiara Duffy at 17:21 to put Cape up 2-1.
Maggie Delp, who played her first game back since injuring her hand, scored at 11:58 for the final 3-1 victory.
Cape outshot the Riders 43-8 with a 29-2 advantage in corners.
Katie Kolobielski had 4 saves for Cape.
Caitlin Harris had 13 saves for the Riders.
Cape, 12-0-1, has a Tuesday, Oct. 22 game at Smyrna, 3-6, before hosting undefeated Polytech at Champions Stadium at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24.
The Panthers control their own destiny, which includes a final game at Delmar Saturday, Oct. 26. The 16-team field hockey state tournament begins Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Notes - The junior varsity game ended in a 1-1 tie. Both goals came in the second half, with Cape’s goal scored by Madi Irwin from Carly Dmiterchik at 15:37; the Riders' score was by Hannah Morris from Kylie Applegate at 14:01.
Cape JV is 7-0-4, while the Riders are 4-0-1.