Cape hockey has never lost on the Milford turf field, including winning the last two state championship games over Delmar in front of partisan frenzied fans from both communities.
The eighth-seeded Wilmington Christian Warriors showed up for the 11 a.m. Nov. 9 quarterfinal game against the top-seeded Vikings and brought the house, the three-car garage, the soccer team, youth coaches and Athletic Director Joe Thomson, who used to be the AD at Sussex Tech.
“A great school, tremendous student athletes, three state tournament teams, including soccer and field hockey playing today against No. 1 seeds. Our kids will give this their best shot,” Thomson said.
The game was scoreless at the half, but Cape cracked the code in the second act, scoring four goals to move to the semifinal round to face Henlopen Conference foe Polytech, which defeated Sanford 3-0. The Cape versus Poly game is set for 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, at Dover as the second half of a doubleheader that features Delmar, a 2-1 winner over Wilmington Friends, versus Tatnall, which defeated Charter 2-1, in the 6 p.m. game
The final is scheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, at Dover.
Cape’s first goal against the Warriors was a backhand slap across the goalmouth by Tess Bernheimer. It caught the net on the far post at 35:59 into the 60-minute game. Erin Coverdale was given an assist on the play.
“We were playing a black formation [total defensive posture] and changed it to red after the first goal," said Warriors coach Pam Love, whose team entered the tournament 11-2-2. "But we still couldn’t get any looks on the Cape net.”
Cape’s pattern this season is first goal long time coming, then more will quickly follow.
Allie Yeager scored on a rebounded shot by Amanda Smith at 48:55, then it was Smith on the doorstep at 51:59 and finally Sam Broadhurst on the cleanup crew at 58:23.
Cape outshot the Warriors 7-0 with a 12-0 advantage in penalty corners.
“Wilmington Christian was very athletic and aggressive; if they had gotten a goal on us first, who knows, but we survive and move on," said Cape coach Kate Windett.
The Warriors soccer team, very impressive with orchestrated cheers in the first half, left at intermission for their game versus Saint Elizabeth at Caravel.
“I really didn’t notice that they left," said Cape’s Kat Judge, who always comes through in big games. “I don’t notice much what is happening in the stands.”