The Cape varsity soccer team took a balanced attack to the turf of a nearly empty James H. Blades Stadium and powered to a 3-0 masked win over the host Lake Forest Spartans.
Visiting fans are not permitted at the games and each home player is just allowed two tickets to promote premium social distancing.
The Vikings outshot the Spartans 13-1 in the game and had a 6-2 edge in corner kicks.
Senior Juan Larez-Carillo started the scoring at the 37-minute mark from a direct kick just outside the box.
Nicholas Panyko took a pass from Gary Hayes and pounded it into the back of the twine at the 47-minute mark.
The third and final score was tallied by Nathan Loucks off a pass from Larez-Carillo at 56 minutes.
Cape goalkeeper Matt Panyko stopped the lone shot by Lake. Brandon Tice and Jackson Massey made five saves each for the home team Spartans.
“It was great to be competing again,” said Cape coach Patrick Kilby. “We were able to shake a bit of the rust off this evening. Not having scrimmages in the preseason made it difficult to gauge what we have.”
Cape is 1-0 and Kilby is happy to get the victory.
“We are far from where we want to be,” Kilby said. “But we are happy to have earned the result.”
The junior varsity Vikings shut out the Spartans 5-0 on two goals apiece by Timmy Hitchcock and Daniel Sivels. River Elder tallied a single score.
Spencer Copeland tallied two assists, while Sivels and Elder each had a single helper.
Cape outshot the Spartans 19-0.
Cape was set to host Caesar Rodney Thursday, Oct. 22, and will host Sallies Saturday, Oct. 24.