Cape hockey defeats Mt. Pleasant 6-0 in first round of state tournamentVikings face Tower Hill Nov. 13 in quarterfinals
The Cape field hockey team dozed through the first round of the DIAA state tournament Nov. 9, handling the Green Knights of Mt. Pleasant 6-0.
“I knew about the history of Cape losing some first-round games in the state tournament but never mentioned it to any of the players,” said first-year coach Kate Windett. “I want them to just play; if there’s any pressure, I will deal with it. You don’t get to coach a program like Cape without knowing all the history.”
Cape led 2-0 at halftime on a goal by Allie Yeager just 47 seconds into the game and a penalty shot by Cam Bernheimer at 6:49.
Cape then ran a 4-0 second-half number at the Green Knights as Yeager scored twice more and Sam Broadhurst came off the bench to score a pair. Tiara Duffy and Cam Bernheimer assisted on Yeager’s two second-half goals.
Cape outshot the Green Knights 15-4.
Cape will move into the quarterfinal round Tuesday, Nov. 13, at a location to be announced to face Tower Hill, a 4-1 winner over a 12-0-3 Brandywine team.
"We are at the point now where you have to beat a really good team to move on," said Windett, who was an assistant at Tower Hill just three years ago.
Mt. Pleasant head coach Peter Meisel is familiar with Cape Region hockey. Five of his team members play in the Delaware Shore program, and Meisel’s mother lives at the beach.
“It’s David versus Goliath coming in here to play Cape, and playing on a surface like this compared to what we have is like swimming in the ocean compared to swimming in a pool,” Meisel said. “But we won seven in a row to earn this extra game, and we were Flight B conference champions, so it was a great season."