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104 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Oct. 19 - Oct. 25, 2001 Lady Vikings rebound from loss to Smyrna; top Ravens 6-0 By Susan Frederick If Cape hockey players have a faraway look in their eyes today, that's because they're focusing on a target 20 miles away. In a cru- cial game Friday, Oct. 19, on the Milford field, the Vikings hope to hand the 11-0 Lady Bucs their first loss of the season. That game refocuses the Vikings' vision after Cape suf- fered its first 2001 loss to Smyrna pm Oct. I1 (3-1) then returned to overpower Sussex Tech 6-0 pm Oct. 16. "Milford is on a roll, they have the momentum and they will also have the home field advantage," said coach Ruth Skoglund. "It will be our first real pressure game of the season. We have to win if we want a shot at the North- ern Division title. That's our goal at this point in the season. "Their style of play is so similar to ours," she continued. "Milford is fast and has a real good passing game. As a team we Can match what they do on the field if we show up to play. It will be a matter of who gets the ball in the cage." Team tricaptain Beth Hitchens, who leads the Viking field de- fense, focused on mental prepara- tion. "We need to come prepared. Milford is having a great season and Smyrna was proof for us that we are not unbeatable. We know now that we have to play every game with intensity and take noth- ing for granted. They're a fast team and can capitalize off their corners with quick shots. We'll have to be ready for them." Tricaptains Maren Ford and Casey Cahill have sparked the Viking offensive game this season and look to fire it up Thursday af- ternoon. "We'll focus on a quick passing game. We know if we hold onto the ball too long that Milford will tackle us. Our loss to Smyrna last week has been motivation for everyone this week. "As captains, we didn't really have to say anything to the team," said Cahill. "We got back on track with our win over Sussex Tech and we want to stay that way." Cape's blistering of the Ravens came after 15 minutes of inspired Raven defensive play when Lau- ren Mazzotta sneaked in the Vikings' first goal after sending a comer hit to Cahill, who passed it back to Mazzotta. Four minutes later Cahill scored the second goal on the game's prettiest play when she took on perfect Amanda Warrington feed on the run and drove it into the goal. Ford scored the final first period goal after midfieider Amy Levy pushed the ball inside the circle. Mazzotta, Warrington and Ford each connected in the second half I Dan Cook photo Cape's Casey Cahill fires the second goal of the game Oct. 16 past the Sussex Teeh keeper in a 6-0 victory. The win lifted the Vikings' spirit after a 3-1 loss to Smyrna that ended their un- beaten streak. Cape takes on a tough Milford squad Friday, Oct. 19. for the final score. Tech goalie Ashley Holloway held for 21 saves. Shardae Harmon enjoyed her varsity debut in the Viling goal. Last week's loss to Smyrna was Cape's first since its overtime loss to Tower Hill in the state finals. Mazzotta scored Cape's sole goal as Mandy Wilson, Bren Dunn and Melissa Sander each contributed to the Eagles's winning effort. "Offensively we overpassed; defensively we didn't recover quickly enough," said Skoglund. "Rebounding from that loss and beating Sussex Tech was a total team effort." The Lady Bucs improved to 11- 0 after edging Delmar 3-2 on Oct. 17. Kelly Simon scored to break a 2-2 tie in the final minute of the game to give Milford the victory. Ford, Cahill, and Hitchens are looking to refocus the Viking sea- son Friday on the Milford field. "It's one game at a time, one team at a time and take nothing for granted," said Hitchens. "It should be a great game." Dan Cook photos Above, Larry Miller breaks free from a Central defender en route to a long gain. At left, Dewayne Holloman manages to break up a Central pass. 54-yard catch and run by tight end Mike Makowski. The Knights led 15-7. Central nailed down the game when David Pusey hit wide re- ceiver Andrew Weatherly With an 84-yard touchdown strike. Cape travels to Sussex Tech Fri- day night, Oct. 19, for a big game for both teams. Sussex Central is at Dover in the game of the year in the Henlopen Conference. By Dave Frederick "Cape Henl0pen is one fine football team," said Sussex Cen- tral defensive coordinator Dave Marvel Oct. 12 after the Golden Knights came back to beat the Vikings 22-7. "That Thaddeus Shockley is the real deal on defense and the quar- terback [Andy Chunn] has the best release I've seen all season. They are a team that's going to beat some people." Cape was more interested in beating Sussex Central than any "some people" left on its sched- ule, but give the Golden Knights credit for making the big plays when they needed them. Cape struck quickly on its first offensive play from scrimmage as innovative coach Bill Geppert cleared (rot his backfield using four "quicks" to the left then threw back to the right, hitting a 74-yard home run on a Andy Chunn to Dewayne Hollomon strike. "Dewayne takes a back seat to nobody as a dangerous receiver," Geppert said. "He is always a threat to take it to the house." The Rob Dorman kick made the score 7-0 as the Central home- coming tans sat on their hands. "Our kids showed up with the idea of winning and kept that atti- tude until the final play," Geppert said. "I am very proud Of the way they played." Cape maintained great field po- sition throughout the first quarter, once pinning Central inside its own five yard line. But give the Golden Knights credit, especially Orlando Farrow, who rushed for more than 100 yards while scoring a touchdown with no turnovers. Central traveled 54 yards in sev- en plays and scored with 4:09 left in the half. The extra point kick was blocked as Cape maintained a 7-6 lead. But a subsequent punt'block by Central was followed by an im- probable 40-yard field goal by Justin Battaglino. The Knights led 9-7 at haiftime, but Cape was "way in a game" they were pre- dicted to be "way out of." "We felt we were going to win," said Thaddeus Shockley. "Every- body w/Is playing so hard and just trying to pick each other up." Larry Miller used a shake-n- bake move on Cape's first offen- sive possession of the second half, zig-zagging 53 yards tO the Gold- en Knights' 15 yard line. A five- yard penalty gave Cape first and fiVe from the 10 trailing 9-7. "That's when Amado went down," said Geppert referring to his big left tackle Amado Mandu- jano. Amado's left knee cap was dislocated and action was stopped for 25 minutes while paramedics carefully packaged the big boy for transport to the hospital. Cape Could not score and Cen- tral responded with a 91-yard touchdown drive highlighted by a Sussex Central outlasts Cape in hard-fought football game