The Cape soccer squad celebrated the Class of 2021 with a 7-0 blowout of Polytech Nov. 18 at Legends Stadium. The Vikings move to 6-3-1, while the Panthers fall to 3-8.
The Vikings started off quickly when Nick Panyko took a Jacob Alt corner kick and headed it into the Poly twine at the two-minute mark. Just nine minutes later, Connor Hochrein took an Alt kick and headed it to the lower corner for a 2-0 lead. Gary Hayes added a goal at the 23-minute mark off a pass from Hochrein. Panyko struck the twine again at the 29-minute mark from Juan Larez-Carrillo. Hayes and Hochrein repeated their scoring play at 34 minutes, and the half ended at 5-0.
The second half found Larez-Carrillo booting a goal off a direct kick seven minutes into the action. The Vikings finished their scoring extravaganza with junior Tiarnan Hefferan scoring off a helper from Austin Rhue at the 61-minute mark.
The Vikings doubled up Polytech on shots 12-6 and held a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Cape goalie Matt Panyko made five saves, while his relief keeper Dalson Case made a save. Polytech goalie Aidan Stephan stopped five shots.
“Our two games left are very difficult games,” said Hochrein. “We have Dover, who has shown how scrappy they can be by only losing to Sallies 1-0, and Indian River, who has only lost to Milford. We’re lining up for these games mostly by just putting in the work every day at practice and playing strategically to fit what will help us. I think we have a great chance at winning out, which could put us at about the 7 or 8 seed, so I believe we have a pretty good chance to make the tournament and to go far in it. We have established ourselves against some of the best teams in the state, and I’m very excited to see what these next few weeks bring.”
Cape will host Dover Monday, Nov. 23.