The usual crowd arrives late for a JV field hockey game. Cape’s home opener kicked off at 4:45 p.m on a Wednesday afternoon, and before you could say “Who dat?” freshman Kelly Bragg had found the back of the cage twice, according to the announcer, giving Cape a 2-0 lead on the way to a dominating 6-0 victory. “I think she may be a better lacrosse player. I saw her on the wall going right hand, then left hand. She’s another one of those Cape kids, a great athlete showing up ready to compete,” said coach Debbie Windett. Jason and Katie Widdoes Bragg are her parents, and she is named after Aunt Kelly Widdoes, a pretty girl who never met a basketball game she couldn’t foul out of. The legendary late Boz Widdoes is her maternal grandfather, with Billy Bragg on the other side. Kelly just can’t get more Cape.
A freshman getting an assignment along the backline with veterans Marcella Sabbagh, Darby Klopp and Anna Stancofski, Reagan showed up ready to run and compete. She was a star in field hockey and track at Mariner Middle School, helping Mariner to an undefeated hockey season and eliminating all contenders in the 400 meters. Reagan comes up on corners and she assisted on Cammy Smith’s goal in the second half, then buried her own shot at 16:48 that rebounded off the goalie’s pads. “A pair of freshmen making an impact in their very first varsity game is pretty special,” said coach Kate Austin. Annie Judge heads out the door for Temple and freshman Reagan Ciabatonni walks in, a star in waiting.
Not many girls from Cape soccer have to been able to play next level at any level, from Division I through Division III, because the collegiate competition is just that tough. Colleen was an appreciated but unsung defender (like most defenders) for 8-4-1 Cape last season. Colleen headed off to Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pa., this fall, a small liberal arts college in west-central Pennsylvania. The Mounties play in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference at Division III level and have started the season 5-0. Coach Matt Davis said, “Colleen has played very well for us as our starting right back this season, as she’s part of a backline that has started all five games together while allowing just two goals. She’s also shown excellent vision on the ball and in distribution, highlighted by an assist on our second goal of the season in a 3-0 victory over Lycoming.”
Just 21 seconds into the second half of a scoreless game versus Dover, Le Le Wilson sent in a pass from the midfield toward the cage. It then found the stick of freshman Noelle Sabbagh, who rang the bell on the first shot of her varsity field hockey career to give Cape a 1-0 advantage. Noelle went celebration time, leaping into the air and spreading her contagious enthusiasm. “I haven’t seen that energy after a goal since Lizzie Frederick played here,” said coach Kate Austin. “We needed that.” Noelle brings great hustle to the forward line, combining the athleticism and speed of hurdling, an event in which she excelled for the Beacon Middle School track team.