The Cape Henlopen field hockey team adjusted their collective biorhythms to the 8 p.m prime time slot, and on a dark Nov. 14 on the pitch at Dover High School, the Vikings rolled over semifinal foe Polytech 5-0.
The Vikings will play Delmar at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, at Dover High School for the 2013 DIAA State Championship. Delmar advanced to the title game with a 2-1 win over Tatnall earlier in the night.
Cape has beaten Delmar in the last two state championship finals.
The Vikings' goal scoring was balanced, as Sam Broadhurst scored at 17:29 on a feed from Marlee McGinnis, and five minutes later it was McGinnis unassisted at 23:42 to give Cape a 2-0 lead at halftime.
The second half was all Cape on goals by Allie Yeager from McGinnis at 42:01, Broadhurst from Delp at 50:58 and Lexi Gooch on a penalty stroke at 59:29.
Cape outshot the Panthers 12-3 with a 10-1 advantage in corners.
Vikings goalie Katie Kolobielski was pressured into one kick-away save. The Vikings' back line of Sydney Smyk, Tiara Duffy and Lexi Woodruff kept the ball out of the scoring circle.
Delmar scored on a Booter Ellis rocket off a corner just two minutes into the game. Late in the first half, it was Shaina Thompson on a penalty stroke at 4:57, giving the Wildcats a 2-0 halftime lead.
Shay Cannon of Tatnall scored on a penalty stroke with 10 minutes left in the game, and the Hornets managed to put 10 shots on Tressie Windsor, but couldn’t get the equalizer.
Junior Abby Horgan, the Tatnall goalie and granddaughter of former Cape superintendent Jim Wilson, had eight saves for the game.
Delmar rolls into the final 17-1; their lone loss in the regular season was a 2-1 overtime thriller to Cape Henlopen.