It was Cape’s 11th corner in a scoreless game versus visiting Padua Sept. 21. There were 42 seconds on the clock when Sam Connors inserted the ball onto the blade of Cami Smith. Smith blasted a shot from up top to beat goalie Shannon McCormac for the game-winner, as the Vikings prevailed 1-0.
The Saturday 12:30 p.m. game at Champions Stadium was screaming hot with no cloud cover and calm winds. There was a mandatory timeout in each half.
Cape outshot the Pandas 11-0, and recorded their 21st straight shutout over two seasons.
Padua was awarded two corners, but did not put a shot on the Cape cage.
Cape beat Tower Hill 1-0 Sept. 13, with Smith scoring the only goal of the game too. Going back to the state championship game of 2017 versus Sussex Tech, Cape won 1-0 on a second-half goal by Smith.
The Vikings battled the quick Pandas all game long in the middle of the field, with Reagan Ciabattoni and Ella Rishko turning in stellar performances.
Lily Ashby got her first extended playing time of the season, and the sophomore made the most of it.
Cape plays at Delmar at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24. The Vikings have lost to the Wildcats the last two seasons.