CAMDEN – Kate Windett played on Caesar Rodney High’s 2004 state championship field hockey team that her mother, Debbie, coached. So together, they have some fond memories of their days with the Riders.
The Windetts returned to CR this afternoon, but this time, they were on the opposing team. Kate Windett is Cape Henlopen’s first-year head coach, and her mom now serves as her assistant.
It wasn’t overly emotional, said Kate Windett, because she bleeds Vikings light blue and gold nowadays.
Senior attacker Anna Frederick helped to make the Windetts’ return a winner, as she scored a goal in each half to spark top-ranked Cape Henlopen to a 4-1 triumph over the Riders in a Henlopen Conference field hockey game on this afternoon.
“Caesar Rodney’s now a part of my past,” Kate Windett said. “I wanted to beat them worse than this, but a win’s a win. I was proud of the second half. We started out slow again, and it’s tough to watch that, but we picked it up, which is a good thing.”
Northern Division-leading Cape Henlopen improved to 10-1 overall, 9-0 in the Henlopen Conference. The Vikings have outscored their opponents 54-4 this season and were coming off a string of four-consecutive shutouts.
Caesar Rodney, which was outshot 30-8 by the Vikings, slipped to 7-2-1, 6-2-1.
“We started out well and gave them a good run for their money, but at the end of the day, it’s all mental strength,” Riders coach Maria Collier said. “We just couldn’t stay in the game the whole time.
“But it’s definitely a good benchmark of where we are right now. We know we need to work on a couple of things, and now we see what we need to work on.”
Cape junior Tiara Duffy got the scoring under way when she scored off a penalty-corner opportunity. Alexandra Coverdale inbounded the ball to Margaret Delp, who passed it left to Frederick, who got the ball over to Duffy, who then found the back of the cage with 16:56 left in the first half.
Vikings senior Izzy Delario gave Cape a two-goal advantage when she scored shortly after another corner with 8:43 remaining in the opening half.
CR’s Abby Chew was able to bring the Viking defense’s long scoreless streak to a halt when she scored a goal that cut Cape’s lead to 2-1.
However, Frederick turned the momentum back Cape Henlopen’s way when she scored her first goal with 1:35 remaining on the clock, as the Vikings took a 3-1 halftime lead.
Frederick concluded the scoring with a goal with 13:22 left to play to give Cape a comfortable three-goal advantage. She said the Vikings wanted to play well against the Windetts’ old team.
“They wanted us to win, definitely, because of the old rivalry,” Frederick said. “I think we could have played a lot better than we did. It was kind of a slow first half.
“In the second half we kind of got it together, but I don’t know; it was a slow game for us overall. But we came out of it with a win, which is good.”