Cape soccer loses to Appo in state tournament

November 14, 2022

The 2022 Cape boys’ soccer team’s season came to an end Nov. 12, with a 4-1 home loss to Appoquinimink. The Vikings finish the season at 13-3.

Niko Panyko scored Cape’s lone goal off a corner kick by Jorge Lagunes.

The Jags had three scores in the first half by senior Paris Repolle. Credit for the assists was given to Dylan Everett and Gabriel Escudero Lopez. Andrew Stewart scored the Jags’ final goal in the last minute of play.

The Jags also held a 5-2 advantage in corners.

Cape senior keeper Dru Schneider made 13 saves on 17 shots.

“It was certainly a disappointing end to the season,” said Cape coach Patrick Kilby. “However, I love this team, and they are a special group that has done what only two other teams have done in Cape soccer history – they won the Henlopen North. We return a lot of guys next year, and I truly believe they can repeat and/or do better than this year‘s team. We will miss our seniors Dru Schneider, Niko Panyko, Mason Mendez, Jorge Lagunes, Sawyer Dotterer and Gannon Burris. They truly set a high standard for what is expected as a member of the Cape soccer program.”

“Obviously I would want a different outcome for the team,” said Schneider. “I think this Cape program is going to have a lot of success in the future.”

“I think we’re leaving a great legacy here,” said Panyko. “I feel that the underclassman have some shoes to fill, but I think they can do it.”

Sussex Academy falls 

The Sussex Academy boys’ soccer team fell 2-0 to Delaware Military Academy Nov. 8 in the first round of the Division II state tournament. The squads each recorded eight shots, and Seahawks goalkeeper Carter Norton was credited with six saves. 

The Seahawks finished the season with a 6-8-2 record. 

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