Cape lost a sudden death overtime game 13-12 to Manheim Township of Lancaster County, Pa., at Champions Stadium April 12, the first one-goal loss and home loss in five years.
Coach P.J. Kesmodel, who looked slightly fried after three hours in the sun, just smiled and said, “Well, you can’t win them all is what they say, but it would have helped if we didn’t turn the ball over 15 times."
The Blue Streak of Manheim Township steamrolled into Lewes as the top-ranked team in central Pennsylvania. Manheim boasts a record of 119-14 over the last five and a half seasons.
“We were looking for some competition upgrades and found Cape and the game got scheduled,” said coach Mark Pinkerton. “We are very similar teams looking to play better people to make us get better.”
Cape is 90-5-1 over the same time period, with five straight Delaware state championships. The Vikings were coming off running-clock victories over Saint Mark’s 17-3 and Saint Andrew's 21-5.
Cape jumped out to a 5-1 lead early in the game, but the Blue Streak came back to trail 6-5 at the half.
Cape stayed in front and led 10-7, but missed two good scoring chances and Manheim quickly fought back to tie the game at 11 with 11:11 left to play. A Lancaster score late in the period put the Pennsylvanians ahead 12-11 for the first time.
Karalyn Joseph won the next draw, powered to the net, was fouled, then converted a free position to tie the game at 12 and send it to sudden death overtime.
The Blue Streak won the overtime draw. A Cape player was whistled for a yellow card and the man-up women from Lancaster quickly converted, sending the Vikings to a heartbreaking 13-12 defeat.
"We are obviously happy to win," said Pinkerton. "But when we kept coming back and it was tied at 11 and then 12, I thought both teams played so well and fought so hard that the effort was there no matter what the outcome."
Shots were even at 28.
Cape goals were scored by Sarah Tappan with 3; Jordan Brown, Lexi Woodruff and Allie Yeager with 2 each; and Cailey Thornburg with 1.
Manheim Township scoring was led by Emma McBride with 5, Toni Yuko with 3, Gabby Cardina with 2, and Sadye Walker, H. Wertz and Maryn Bernhart with singles.
Cape faces a pair of undefeated teams on the road this week, playing at Ursuline Academy Tuesday, April 15 and at Worcester Prep Thursday, April 17.
Cape junior varsity ran its record to 6-1 with a 9-4 victory over Manheim. Morgan Catts scored 3 goals for the Vikings, coached by Debbie Windett, followed by Katie Klabe and Korinne Lemaire each with 2 and single goals from Alyssa Craig and Lauren Kelley.