The Vikings 1 team went from shutdown to throwdown Sept. 15 under the lights at DE Turf, playing the Charter Force, a team they eliminated in the first round of the 2019 state tournament.
Cape has three teams in the league, which is scheduled to last two weeks, possibly longer, but hopes are that a high school regular season will begin Monday, Sept. 28.
Cape scored in the opening seconds, and by halftime, the score was 6-1. The Force scored off a slow-motion corner, causing coach Kate Austin to tell her team at halftime, “We have to tighten that stuff up.”
The Vikings pitched three straight shutouts en route to winning the 2019 state title, including a 2-0 win over Padua in the finals featuring Julie Heffernan in goal, who returns for her senior year.
The Cape coaching cadre for the pickup game was kicked back and chilled for the most part; it included Kate Austin, Debbie Windett, Tracy Greisbaum and Cami Smith.
Reagan Ciabattoni and Noelle Sabbagh each had two first-half goals, while Mackenzie Brown and Maggie Dawson also scored.
“I’m a defender, so you don’t see me in the scorebook,” Dawson said. “I came up for a corner.”
The Vikings showcased 15 players and just kept running fast while finding open teammates.
Ciabattoni scored twice more in the second half, with additional goals scored by Sierra Manifold and Molly Mendez for a final of 10-1.
Note: Coaches of fall sports including field hockey, volleyball, soccer, football and cross country have all emphasized that all roster spots will be contested when official practices begin.