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Cape soccer defeats Tower Hill 2-1 on Swarbrick goal

By Dave Frederick | Sep 09, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook Cape junior midfielder Kai Vitella battles to the goal past a Tower Hill defender.

The Cape Henlopen soccer team kicked off the season Saturday afternoon by beating Tower Hill at Dover High by a score of 2-1. Cape outshot the Hillers 18-8 as goalie Griffin Kammerer recorded five saves.

Cape unleashed relentless pressure in the first half, and when Billy Swontek sent a ball through to an on-sides Max Euler, the speedy forward did not miss, ringing the bell at the 10:37 mark.

Tower responded by converting a penalty kick off the foot of Steven Siegfried at 18:08 as Kammerer guessed right and the ball was blasted to his left for a goal.

Cape’s winning goal came with less than two minutes remaining in the first half as Kai Vitella sent a pass through traffic to Zach Swarbrick, who one-timed it home for what proved to be all Cape needed for the victory.

Cape will host Tatnall at Legends Stadium Tuesday, Sept. 10, then travel to Milford to play the Bucs at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12.

Tatnall lost to St. Georges in its season-opening game 2-0. The Hornets were 8-6-1 last season against a tough schedule

Notes: Following the Cape game In a rematch of last year’s state championship game, Salesianum beat Indian River in overtime 1-0 on a goal by Liam Hill off an assist from Ben Yount at 86 minutes into the match. Sallies outshot the Indians 14-2. Ian Walls recorded eight saves for Indian River. The state tournament will be set up in two divisions this year with Indian River in Division II. Eight teams from each division will make the postseason.

 

Cape senior forward Miguel Merino-Sanchez kips the ball up to move past a Hillers defender. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Elliott Young makes a pass across field to a Vikings midfielder. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior forward Miguel Merino-Sanchez gets the ball past Tower Hill's Bradley Pedano. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape midfielder Drew Mulcahy flies to make a back pass from Tower Hill's David Hobbs. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior Max Euler shoots and scores past the Tower Hill goalkeeper. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior Max Euler shoots and scores past the Tower Hill goalkeeper, who can't believe what happened. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior forward Miguel Merino-Sanchez gets the shot on goal. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
A Tower Hill defender runs into Cape senior Billy Swontek's elbow during a tight play. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Conor Donahoe heads a pass upfield. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape goalkeeper Griffin Kammerer awaits a corner. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Zack Swarbrick heads a clear. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Cape junior Kai Vitella clears the ball from the Vikings' defensive zone. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Billy Swontek splits two Tower Hill defenders. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Miguel Marino clears the ball to an open teammate (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Max Euler slips behind the defense and bangs home the first goal of the game. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Miguel Marino sends a shot in on goal. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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