A focused firepower game between state championship field hockey programs spontaneously combusted into a goalie conflagration with Summer Payne in the cage for Delmar and Morgan Newcomb protecting the house for Cape Henlopen.
The town turns out for games down in Delmar, and some fans watch from their backyard.
Delmar fought off a final Cape corner assault with a pair of defensive saves from Josie Hollamon to win at home 2-1 and improve to 10-0 on the season. Cape dropped its first game and now sits at 7-1.
Both goalies haven’t seen much action this season, because the teams in front of them dominate possession and field position.
“Cape’s goalie in the second half was insane,” said Delmar coach Jodi Hollamon. “We need more games like that one to get better. It’s a difficult roller-coaster season of games, and I’d rather play games like that all year.”
Cape coach Kate Austin said, “Morgan was awesome. I wish we could have put two good halves together, but we’ll figure it out.”
Maci Bradford, the Wildcats’ stealth striker, scored just 25 seconds into the game. Cape responded two minutes later on a goal off a corner by Devon DeGregory, who lofted home a rebound to tie the game at 1-1 with 12:44 on the clock.
Jordyn Hollamon scored what proved to be the game-winner with 1:33 left in the first half by coming down the left side, getting the baseline past two Cape defenders, then reaching beyond a drop-down middie to find the far side of the cage.
The second half featured goaltending at its best by Newcomb and Payne.
Newcomb amassed a personal record of 15 saves, while Payne was up and sliding down to stop 10 Cape shots.
Delmar outshot Cape 21-10 in the game. The Vikings had a 10-8 advantage in penalty corners.
Cape has a tough road week ahead with games at Lake Forest Tuesday, Oct 11, then at Milford Thursday, Oct. 13.
Delmar is at home versus Polytech Oct. 11, then Lake Forest Oct. 13.
The Henlopen Conference North/South Championship game is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5.
Blue chair quips - Woodbridge beat Sussex Tech 2-0. The Keelers did the damage, with goals by Parker and Payton. The girls are both seniors, and yes, they are twins. Smyrna beat Caravel 5-0 in a dominating performance. Sussex Central beat district rival Indian River 1-0. A fourth-quarter goal off a corner by Mekenna Boyle was the difference. Charter School of Wilmington beat Newark Charter 2-1. Sophia Walch, daughter of Andy and Michelle, scored for Newark. Charter of Wilmington is 5-1 and likely to be a top four seed in the postseason tournament. Milford led Lake Forest 2-0 at halftime, but dropped the game 4-3.