Cape hockey wins at Smyrna 3-2

Vikings finish regular season home vs. Polytech
November 2, 2017

In a Halloween afternoon game that was tricked with physicality, bumps and bruises, the Cape field hockey team squeaked out a 3-2 victory over Smyrna. 

The first score came from Lindsey Monigle unassisted at 17:09. Alia Marshall followed up about five minutes later off a pass from Marcella Sabbagh.

Alexis Moore answered for the Eagles when she dribbled the ball 75 yards and slammed it past Vikings senior goalie Lori Ferguson for the Eagles’ first tally.

Senior Annie Judge hit the eventual game-winner at 5:06 unassisted, and the half ended 3-1.

Smyrna garnered the only score in the second half at 20:33 by freshman Emily Thompson.

Cape outshot the Eagles 20-2. Katelynn Porter made 14 saves for the home team.

Cape held a 15-4 edge in penalty corners.

“It was an ugly win,” said Cape coach Kate Austin. “But an ugly win is still a win. We had at least five missed opportunities that we could have scored on. That’s our problem. We’re taking 20 or 30 shots a game and only coming away with two or three goals. We have to fix the defense stepping back and fix the forwards putting the ball in the goal. Because we’re doing the right stuff getting the shots off.”

“Smyrna is known for being a physical team,” said Cape captain Alia Marshall. “We tried to prepare for it, but I guess we didn’t prepare enough. We need to do a better job stepping to the ball.”

“We’re looking forward to a better performance against Polytech on Thursday [Nov. 2], who is a game behind us in the Northern Division,” said sophomore attack Cam Smith.

The Lady Vikings play Polytech Nov. 2 at Champions Stadium to finish the regular season.

The Cape varsity team will have a tune up scrimmage with Delmar Tuesday, Nov. 7 at Cape’s Champions Stadium.

The DIAA State Field Hockey State Tournament will begin Tuesday, Nov. 7.