It took a half to get their first score, but the Cape field hockey team powered in three second-half goals to defeat the Spartans 3-0 at Lake Forest.
Cam Smith delivered a blast at 1:52 from the top of the circle to open the scoring off an assist from Jackie Cannon. Lindsay Monigle followed with a tally four minutes later from Marcella Sabbagh. Alia Marshall scored the third with four minutes left, off an assist by Carli Truitt.
“I think in the first half we played well,” said Cape coach Kate Austin. “It was probably the most complete game we’ve had. Their goalie made some really great saves in the first half, but we took some poor shots too. I think in the second half they started to realize that we just needed to get the shots to pads and then we could work with it. It didn’t have to be the perfect shot, and then we saw things fall into place.”
Austin was happy with the full field coverage by her squad after the 2-2 start to the season.
“We put pressure on all over the field. We had good runs offensively and did everything we needed to do that we haven’t done in the other games so far.”
The Vikings took 19 shots in the contest to Lake’s two. Spartans goalkeeper August Lewis stopped 16 Cape attempts. Vikings goalkeepers Lori Ferguson and Marlee Geppert each stopped one Spartans shot.
“With it being 0-0 in the first half, it may have been a little scary, but we weren’t as stressed as we were in previous games,” said midfielder Alia Marshall. “Because we knew we were playing well. I felt everybody was into it; everybody was playing their position and knew that their teammates were doing their job. Lake always has a really good goalie, and we knew that and we had to be smart with our shots.”
“The first half was definitely better than the first halves we’ve been playing,” said junior forward Chloe Schaeffer. “Getting our first goal right at the beginning of the second half built our momentum, and we tried to take advantage of that and get another right away, which we did. It went pretty well. Anna [Stancofski] moved up to midfield and has been doing a really good job helping the momentum from moving the ball from the back up to the front attack.”
Stancofski was recently moved from left back to right mid and picked up on her new job with ease.
“It was a little confusing at first, but I think I’m getting used to it,” she said. “In the second half, we started to work together like we know we can, and we got it done.”
The Vikings were awarded 10 penalty corners, while the Spartans had zero.
Cape was set to play Seaford Thursday, Sept. 28, at Champions Stadium.