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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 26 - October 2, 1997 - SPORTS & OUTDOORS 79 Cape hockey smothers Seaford, ties Lake By Susan Frederick The tough thing about being top dog is that someone's always yap- ping at your heels. A young Lake Forest squad fought the 1996 Henlopen champi- on Vikings to a 0-0 overtime draw on Tuesday afternoon in Felton. The tie followed Cape's 5-0 roll over the Seaford Blue Jays last Thursday afternoon. The Lake defense, which toughed it out through 14 Cape corner opportunities, dodged a bullet three minutes into the over- time seven-on-seven play when Kelly Palekar broke into the open field and sent one that shot just right of the Spartan goal. It would be the only shot the Lake girls would allow in the period. "I'm disappointed," said Viking head coach Mike Eisenhour. "I don't think that we did mentally what we were capable of doing today. Lake did a good job defend- ing our corners. We didn't make the mental adjustments necessary to get past it." Cape got off nine shots on goal in the first period, but the Lake defense, anchored by Melissa Dill (12 saves) and halfback Corey Dennis, stymied the Cape attack. Cape rushed the goal early in the second half, but a pass from Kim Smith to Amanda Hopkins disap- peared among a crowd of Lake defenders. Midfielders Alison Gaffney and Jacki Warrington and Samantha Catts held Lake's front line in a midfield battle as the Spartans got off their first shot of the second half halfway through the period. The Lake offense erupted close to the twenty-minute mark, how- ever, when Cora Gerardi and Wendy Smith brought the ball upfield and the Spartans got off three shots on goal in less than two minutes. Erica Waples, who recorded her fifth shutout of the season, got help from Kim Smith and Amy Reardon in closing the door. "Coach (Eisenhour) has been pushing us goalies to play more aggressively," said Waples, who often runs ten yards or more to clear a ball or stop a shot. "Espe- cially with the no-offsides rule this year, goalies have to be aggressive in their play." "The shut-outs are not all mine," continued Waples. "We've been playing great defense, and the offense does its job - they're both part of the shutouts." If Eisenhour was disappointed, Lake Coach Pat Borowski saw the tie in a different light. "It was evenly played - both goalies had a beck of a game. We have a young team - we lost 13 seniors last year. This kind of game was very good experience for us. I think that both teams respect each other. We have a friendly rivalry going, and both squads tend to rise to the occa- sion." Tuesday's tie came on the heels of a lopsided 5-0 score over Seaford last Thursday. In that game, senior Kim Smith scored the first of her two goals from a Sarah Marshall pass early in the first period to put Cape up 1-0 at the half. Angie Moon photo Cape's Christina Hopkins (right) works to control the ball against a Lake Forest defender as help comes in from Amanda Hopkins (left) and Jackie Warrington. An Amanda Hopkins goal off a corner just 45 seconds into the second period was the first of four goals that the Vikings scored in the fn'stl0 minutes of play. Smith scored at 4:20 (Kelly Palekar assist), followed by a second goal by Amanda Hopkins (Palekar assist) at 7:25 and Jacki Warring- ton (Palekar assist) at 9:25. "We took this game too lightly," said Warrington of Tuesday's tie. "Hopefully, we'll be more focused from here on out." Cape amassed 27 shots against Seaford, who managed only five. Seaford goalie Anne Toulson had 20 saves. The Vikings outshot Lake 16-11 on Tuesday. In JV action, the Vikings tallied two ties in the last week, playing Seaford 0-0 and Lake 1-1. Lucy Short scored for the Vikings, while Tessa Weiss put Lake in the scoring column. The Vikings host- ed Caesar Rodney at home Thurs- day in post-deadline action. Bleeding the blue and gold of Cape Henlopen FUN-FUN FUNnl had fun, fun, fun 'til my daddy took the T- Bird away. Let him get his own cheap wine. Cape's 14-12 JV foot- ball victory over Sussex Central was fun to watch, fun to coach, and fun to play. "This is really fun," said offensive coordinator Dave Frederick (Do I know him? Maybe he's related to Bob?) after Johnny Howard threw a touch- down pass to Tommy Sheehan. Freshman Shane Massey recorded three sacks blitzing from his mid- dle linebacker position and Vaughn Ayers delighted the Pine- town Boosters Club by reversing his field on a sweep and almost breaking loose for an unorthodox Gale Sayers-like touchdown run. Fernando Velligas has emerged as a force on the defensive line and should see varsity action against Sussex Central. Cape's JV looked well-coached and showed great enthusiasm. Check them out next Monday afternoon at Sussex Tech. PUMPED AND PARTISAN- ! PEOPLE IN SPORTS Dave Frederick Let me answer a question thrown my .way several times this football season. I am not on the staff, I am not a coach and I am not an objec- tive neutral sportswriter. The coach Dave Frederick listed in the program is my son Dave who is a lot smarter than me but half as smart as his mother. When it comes to high school football, I bleed the blue and gold of Cape Henlopen. I suffered through years of neutral looks and objective sports reporting even when my sons were playing. But I'm tired of that mess. I am on the sidelines to add moral and spiritual support to the players who I see everyday in school. If Coach Donahue didn't want me there I'd be gone quicker than Mary Albert on Three's Company. MORE GREAT NAMES- Watching a college football game last weekend I was struck by the name of Nemesis Bates. Great name but not in the category of my all-time favorite, a basketball player from Tennessee named Baskerville Holmes. Remember I.M. Hipp from Nebraska7 And a running back from West Chester I knew personally (not in a bad way) named Tony Aspite, pro- make the call. BOOSTER SMOOSTER- The all-inclusive unified booster club concept is a bad idea. If my son plays football I could care less about the girls track team and whether they can afford to eat at " McDonalds after a meet. The trend in education is toward smaller units, not conglomerates. That is what site-based education and shared decision-making is all about. There are some great boost- ers clubs at Cape with parents who work their tails off because their children are involved with the team. Just leave them alone. The adults in pover don't actively sup- port all the sports by attendance at games so why put the trip of a uni- fied boosters club on active par- ents. Equality cannot be legislated. Some great banquets - namely football, lacrosse and the All Sports Banquet - have bitten (food reference) the roast beef because lazier and less-involved boosters clubs can't keep pace. Great sports parents usually leave the sports scene when their kids graduate. That's the natural cycle and it's a good thing. The enthusiasm of the :tlLl,$,lJtJLt ltt'x .llkJiJ -dtilJlJ It tJ/tJl parents evolves with the develop- ment and involvement of their child. That's the focus. Can't redi- rect it. Back off! MISSION POSSIBLE- The Cape soccer team posted great numbers last season 15-2-1 but no Henlopen Conference or State tro- phies. Over the years the confer- ence title has been lost by a game or sometimes a tie-breaker. Cape's 3-0 domination of nemesis Sussex Central last Thursday night is evi- dence of how many good players bring athleticism and experience to the program. The athletes are in place to beat anyone on the sched- ule. At the state level, St. Marks is reported to be in a class by them- selves. But on any given night, anybody is beatable. Cape needs a "bad attitude," but in a good way. BEAR DOWN- There is a rea- son sports seasons don't last all year round. Athletes can't concen- trate that long. That's also the rea- Continued on page 80