Most parents say they want their kids to be better than them. But Indian River coach Steve Kilby probably would’ve liked to save that saying for another day, as his son’s Cape soccer team defeated his previously undefeated Indian River squad 1-0 Sept. 24 to give the Vikings their second shutout in as many games.
Connor Hochrein took a corner from Kevin Perez-Escalante and popped a header past Indian River goalie Bastian Perry at the 25-minute mark of the game. That was all the Vikings needed, as a stingy defensive effort kept the Indians off the board.
“It’s our second shutout in a row,” said Cape coach Patrick Kilby. “We got the 1-0 win against Dover, which is a conference win, which is great. Then we come here on an emotional high, knowing that this is going to be a physical, mental and emotional battle, and our boys came through. We had team defense all over the field. Even at the highest point when were attacking and lost the ball, we were defending high, we were defending in the middle third and the back third. The energy was there. I don’t know if this is fair to say, but I think we wanted it more, and we took it.”
Kilby gave props to junior defenseman turned offensive player Jacob Alt.
“I don’t really give Man of the Match awards, but I’ve got to give it to Jacob Alt. My goodness, he was everywhere,” Kilby said.
Cape held a 5-3 shot differential in the match. Cape keeper Alan Marin-Quiroz made three saves, while Indian River goalie Bastian Perry stopped four attempts.
Alt was still energized after the matchup.
“Just giving it 24/7 every day at practice is how I keep my energy going,” he said. “We’re still on the high from the Dover game. That was a big win, which was our first shutout, and we want to keep that energy throughout all of the games.”
“It was pretty physical underneath,” said defenseman Connor Hochrein. “I had a guy guarding me that I play club soccer with, and he’s very good in the air. I was able to get above him and headed it right down, and I’m happy with the result. This was a huge game for us. Indian River beat CR in overtime, and we came out and lost our season opener to CR. It wasn’t happy around here. We had to readjust and come at some things differently, and got a scrappy win over Dover. Energy from that game just keeps coming.”
The 4-1 Vikings travel to Sussex Tech Thursday, Sept. 26, while the 4-1 Indians travel to Seaford.