The first goal is the toughest for Cape Henlopen.
It took the Vikings more than 36 minutes to find the cage Saturday, but three more goals followed and Cape Henlopen held Wilmington Christian without a shot in a 4-0 victory in the quarterfinals of the DIAA Field Hockey Tournament at Milford High.
Cape needed 40 minutes to score in a 2-0 victory over Ursuline last Tuesday in the first round. Tess Bernheimer finally got the top-seeded Vikings (16-0-1) on the board Saturday, as the two-time defending state champions ran their in-state winning streak to 49 games. Cape will meet Polytech in the semifinals at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Dover High.
“I’m always nervous,” Vikings coach Kate Windett said. “It was like that against Ursuline. We took so many shots in the first half and just couldn’t finish. But we just keep waiting, because we know once we score one it’s just going to bust open, like it did today.”
Bernheimer’s goal was an accident. She intended to pass to Samantha Broadhurst but raked a diagonal shot into the cage instead.
“I didn’t think it was going to go in,” Bernheimer said with a laugh. “It was meant more for a pass, but I guess a goal is fine, too.”
Amanda Smith set up Allie Yeager’s goal in the 49th minute to make it 2-0. Then Smith collected the rebound off a shot by Katherine Judge and scored for a 3-0 lead in the 52nd minute. Broadhurst added a goal with less than two minutes to play.
“My goal was the same as Tess’,” Smith said. “I was looking to shoot to my tipper and it just kind of went in.”
The eighth-seeded Warriors (12-3-2) held Cape to just three shots in the first half, led by the defensive effort of Andrea Richardson, Kelly McGrail, Kelly Ogle, Anna Baffone and Katherine Arnold.
“We’re not taking anything away from our season. We had a great season,” Wilmington Christian coach Pam Love said. “I have a great group of kids, great athletes. We’re disappointed, but you know what, that’s how the game is sometimes.”