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CAPE G#ZETTE, Friday, November 8 - November 14, 1996- 65 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Viking soccer dominates Indians 3-0 in tourney opener Jen EIIinguwocth photo Cape's Derrick QuiIlen looks upfleld for his next target u he prepares to take control of the ball during the Tuesday vic- tory by Cape over Indian River in the first round of the state soccer tournament. By Scott Friedenreich On Tuesday, Nov. 5 the Cape Henlopen soccer team experienced something it had not seen in recent years - post season. An even rarer occurrence is that the Vikings' time in the state tournament will not be limited to a first round appearance. Cape faced Indian River in the first state tournament game that the Vikings have played since the 1993 team. But unlike that unlucky team that was spanked 6-0 by Tower Hill in the first round, the 1996 version lives to play another day. In the previous meeting between these teams, Cape squeaked out a 1.0 victory on a penalty kick by junior midfielder Scott Steele. Steele continued to torment the Indians by scoring two goals in a 3-0 victory, which unlike the first match in which Cape was outshoL was totally dominated by the Vikings. Steele scored his first goal in the early moments of the game by redirecting a corner kick into the back of the Indian net. Junior Bill Lingo added the second by touch- ing in a loose ball during a scram- ble in front of the goal. Steele hammered the final nail into the Indians' coffin by scoring Cape's third goal of the first half and final nail in the game as well. In defeating Indian River, Cape not only vanquished its conference rivals once and for all, but it accomplished something that only one other Vikings squad has done, and that is to move on to the quar- terfinal stage of the state tourna- ment. "It's a great accomplish- ment for a great team," said senior captain Hunter Stokes. "In the past we have played with a passion that allowed us to beat McKean and Seaford. "We had that passion tonight as well," said junior goalkeeper Matt Kreitzer, who added another shutout to the long list of teams to be held score- less by the Vikings. Kreitzer preserved the shutout with a series of fine saves through- out the match, including one off of a point blank header in the last minute of the game that seemed destined for the lower corner of the net. In order to surpass the accom- plishments of the 1985 team, this year's team must win in the quar- terfinal game, where they will face the winner of the Caesar Rodney- Christiana game. Cape didn't face Christiana this season, but would love to pay back the Riders for the one blemish on their regular sea- son record. Throughout the season the Vikings have closed their daily practices with a now routine chant. The power of a dream. The chant originally started as "The power of a dream, Cape soccer, conference champs, 96," which was curtailed by the disappointing loss to CR. After that dream fell short, the eager booters set their sights on a new dream. State champs. The title is so powerful and respectable itself that no descrip- tion is necessary, and is made even more desirable by the fact that a downstate team has only won the title once. The one victory was by Caesar Rodney in 1994. All that matters right now is that Cape will play again on Saturday, Nov. 9, with an opportunity to make history, Cape hockey, after loss to A.I., opens tourney with 3-0 win By Susan Frederick Cape Henlopon hockey squad resurrected itself from a deadly blow to its season, suffered at the hands of A.I. DuPont last week, to erupt in a 3-0 shutout of Indian River in the first round of the DSSAA tournament held on Wednesday afternoon on the Cape field. The win dittoed the 3.0 defeat of IR soccer by Cape the night before. Last Thursday the Vikings saw their dreams of an undefeated sea- son die in the eleventh hour when Cape dropped to an unranked A.I. 2-1, and the machinery of Viking hockey stalled and threatened to stop. "I feel better just coming off a loss like that to he able to win so convincingly," said head coach Ruth Skoglund. "After last week, we had no place to go but up. The girls knew today was all or noth- ing. Our season ended or we went on after the game," she said. Senior captain Carrie Lingo lost no time in putting Cape on the scoreboard, rifling in a shot past IR goalie Lennea Hoban in the first minute of play. The goal came on a second effort off Cape's early short corner opportunity. "The loss probably turned out for the better for the team," said Lingo. "We knew we had to be really focused for this game Continued on page 67 Irreverence during prayer not always advisable MY PRAYER- The Platters belted out their hit song, "My Prayer" from the Punkin stage Sunday afternoon while I stood on the infield near the Unlimited machines talking with Bruce Marine, a local insurance man and former Delcastle head football coach, who also had a one week stint as a Cape assistant under Rob Schroeder. "How did you get past securityT' I asked Bruce. "I'm the insurance guy for this and I told them I needed to come out here to check it out. I don't, but that's what I told them." Bruce said it was the Cape prayer after an August night practice when large C5 Marauder Mosquitoes were biting him through his polyester shorts that cinched his decision to give up coaching football. Moments after talking to Bruce, I walked up a metal ramp to a trailer to get a new walkie talkie. (I was emcee for the event.) I was thrust to my knees in the prayer position after the top of my head colli- sioned a drop lip of the trailer PEOPLE IN SPORTS which was hiding behind pennant- type flags. I felt like I had been struck by a sledgehammer. "Are you all right?" someone asked. "Hell, no, I'm not all right!" I screamed. But in the words of Merle Haggard, "I ain't got time to cry." Then on Tuesday I called Doctor Heckert's office and the nurse said that after 48 hours I could rule out any epidural bleed- ing. "But I only did it yesterday," I told her. "Yesterday was Mon- day and this is Tuesday and you said you hurt yourself Sunday," she said. "Never mind," I said, and hung up. Growing up Catholic, I can recall several times being belt- ed in the head.for showing irrever- ence during a prayer. But now I follow public school teams around and those buggers pray all the time and I'm glad they do because you never know if a soaring spirit picked your team in a weekend betting pool. The Supreme Court recently sacked school prayer (Scalia: "Salesianum prays all the time and they're 3-5") ruling that organized prayers in public school are always banned no matter who leads them. (Unless, of course, it's a really big person speaking in tongues.) WHITE FLIGHT- Mello Yel- lo's first punkin' toss was high and straight and flew downrange at 200 m.p.h., looking like a white Ferrari driven by a teenager with a learner's permit. "Did you see that white pumpkin fly?" asked Horace Wohl. "Them white pumpkins are something. Hey, Fredman! Make sure you don't say nothin' about them white pumpkins." The Bad To The Bone machine also threw white pump- kins and I don't recall seeing a white one break. Next year you can expect rules governing punkin' color. And expect the Unlimited machines to start earlier so there's no night fright as sub- sonic vegetables sail into the night. The scariest looking shots were the two thrown at the Preston Ford Frog by Mello Yello. One large pumpkin resembled a Manuel Rivera fastball that tailed and knuckled to the right. If it had curved to the left, Beatlemania would have been singing, "I've just seen a face I can't forget the time or place that it just left." INTREPID AND TEPID- The Lewes Polar Bears exposed bare skin to a 48 degree cutting wind for the privilege of warming up in a 55 degree ocean last Sunday afternoon. Some of the regulars opted for beer over bears and stayed bundled up at the Punkin' Chunkin' venue. Last year's November water temperature was 48 degrees while the air was 60. Jumping last Sunday were Alex "Sonny" McClure, Ed "Moe" Nor- man, Pat Norman, Mike Norman, Greg Norman ahh Shark!, Jim ,Little Crab" Hajek, Bruce "Is Loose" Egolf, Ellen "Whodat" Andrelczyk, Beth Eisenhour, Greg "Guitar" Mack, Debbie Spring, Kate "Cubbie" Heal, Jon Olin, Connie Miller, Rob Silfren, Chris Corrozi, Tom Gusmer, Lee Deal- dens, Tiffany Hart and Alan Howarth. Illinois Q36 team mem- ber Brad Livek wanted to jump with me but I was too busy knock- ing myself out inside a trailer, so he went to the ocean at 11 p.m. and jumped into the drink. Man, these Illinois people must be hurtin' for things to do back home. Continued on page 66