Athletes of the Week Nov. 17

November 17, 2017
Jake Gelof

With ice in his veins and a smile on his face, Jake looked at his teammates and said confidently, “No problem. We've got this." He then stared down St. Georges’ best players in the overtime penalty kicks of the DIAA state quarterfinals and calmly stopped two goal attempts, propelling the Vikings into the semifinals against Sallies. What made the stops even more amazing is that he broke his thumb in the warm-ups and still made 10 saves in the win. "Jake could very well be the future goalkeeper of our program if he wants to stick with it," said coach Patrick Kilby. "He's athletic enough and smart enough, and he solidifies our backfield.” He garnered second-team all-conference honors in just his first season in the cage. When he’s not making saves, you can find him in the weight room preparing for the baseball season, where he plays middle infield and pitcher for the Vikings.

Juan Larez-Carrillo

Just a freshman at Cape, Juan has made quite an impression this soccer season on his coaches, teammates and the opposing teams in the Henlopen Conference. He scored the first goal in the DIAA quarterfinal win over St. Georges, giving him three on the 2017 season. "Juan is the future of our program," said coach Patrick Kilby. "We look forward to him taking over the center-midfield position next year with the graduation of Uly [Slagle] and Zack [Gelof]. I believe when the time comes he'll be a player at the next level." Juan plays on the Delaware Alliance travel team year-round to hone his skills on the turf. When not on the soccer field, he enjoys swimming and hanging out at the beach.

Luke Mulcahy

An honors and AP student at Cape, this graduating senior has proven to be a tough, hard-nosed defender on the soccer field who goes up against the opponent’s best offensive players without fear. He can move the ball up quickly to the offense and hit his teammates with pinpoint passes. He supplied the tying goal with under a minute to play in the DIAA state quarterfinal win against fourth-seeded St. Georges. It was his first goal since he was a seventh-grader at Beacon Middle School. "Luke is very smart, tactical and he makes good decisions," said Cape coach Patrick Kilby. "He is fast, very physical, and he is very unforgiving on the tackle." Luke received first-team All-Conference honors for his 2017 efforts on the turf. Luke can be found enjoying the beach in his spare time.

Aidan Spoor

"I love soccer," says this defensive second-team all-conference player who helps hold down the back line for the Vikings. An exceptional athlete who can play any sport, Aidan is concentrating on soccer, which he will be playing at the next level for the Hornets of Lynchburg College, where he will be studying education. "Aidan is a high school boy who plays like a man," says Cape coach Patrick Kilby. "He's fast, he's strong and he's unforgiving when going in on tackles. He's definitely going to be playing at the college level." A Leo Club member at Cape, Aidan enjoys the beach, surfing and scooping ice cream at his parents’ business. "This season was for my grandfather," he said.