Cape Gazette

Cape soccer survives ugly 3-2 win over Saint Mark's

Cape reaches semifinal round for first time in school history
By Dave Frederick | Nov 12, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook Cape goalie Griffin Kammerer slides to stop a Saint Mark's goal attempt by Jeffrey Richards. The Spartans were awarded a penalty kick on the play.

Swontek was out and Swarbrick was in for the Cape first-round state tournament game at Dover versus Saint Mark’s.

Billy Swontek by cumulative yellow card rule had to sit out a game. Zach Swarbrick has come in early off the bench for Miguel Merino-Sanchez several times this season.

Two minutes into the game, Josh Lesher sent a ball through to Swarbrick, who pushed ahead to go one-on-one with the goalie.

“Zach kept control and was calm, waited for the goalie to commit and went behind him. It was an absolutely beautiful goal," said Cape coach Gary Montalto. “We needed someone to pick up the scoring slack for Billy.”

Cape led 1-0 and never trailed in the fast and physical game. A Miguel Merino-Sanchez header on an assist from Drew Mulcahy early in the second half made the score a more comfortable 2-0. Merino-Sanchez was six for six the night before as the extra point man for the Cape football team. He is an energizing personality and the consummate team player.

"I felt like the game finally came to me, but I have to keep working hard," Merino-Sanchez said.

Saint Mark’s came down on attack with extroverted striker Jeff Richards one-on-one with goalie Kammerer, who slid to the ball and was called for tripping with both arms extended.

The penalty was good but ran to Kammerer, and Richards wanted that ball. He attempted to wrestle it away from Kammerer and was given a yellow card for his behavior, but nonetheless the score tightened to 2-1. Richards would later be red card ejected for excessive lamenting.

Merino-Sanchez on a direct-kick restart went over the wall on a bender to the near post, making the score 3-1. The Spartans quickly answered, scoring on an unsettled defensive discombobulated Cape team to cut the final deficit to 3-2.

The game was the first 15-win season for Cape since 1996 and the first state tournament win ever over a team not from the Henlopen Conference.

Cape will make its first trip to the semifinals and will play Appoquinimink at Smyrna at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Coach Montalto told his team after the game, “You had to play ugly; this was a very ugly match. I was very proud with the way you survived it. It was one of the matches of our 16 where I didn’t see us find people's feet enough; we just could not get ourselves settled in a nice and calm, flowing atmosphere, but you weathered the storm.”


Cape senior Miguel Merino-Sanchez heads the ball away from the Spartans' Thomas Spagnolo. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior Kai Vitella moves the ball up the field. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Zachary Swarbrick scores on a breakaway. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Celebration! (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape captain Josh Lesher gets the ball away despite being cut off by the Spartans' Jeffrey Richards. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Drew Mulcahy traps and moves the ball upfield. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Elliott Young passes the ball into the Vikings' offensive zone. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Zachary Swarbrick protects the ball. (Dan Cook)
Jackie Norwood is pulled down on a breakaway by the Spartans' Thomas Spagnolo. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Jackie Norwood looks to the ref for a call. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape defender Conor Donohoe keeps the ball away from the Spartans' Karl Green. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Drew Mulcahy heads the ball out of the Vikings' defensive zone. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape defender Joao Ferreira looks to pass to a teammate. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Elliott Young passes upfield. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape defender Joseph McMillon heads the ball away from the Vikings' goal. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Josh Lesher controls the ball from Saint Mark's Karl Green. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Tyler Malloy, right, battles for possession with Thomas Mastrippolito. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Conor Donohoe and Tyler Malloy congratulate Miguel Merino-Sanchez on his goal in the second half. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior Max Euler controls a high pass. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Tyler Malloy, left, and Max Euler rush to Miguel Merino-Sanchez after his game-winning goal. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape soccer team shows their gratitude to the fans for their support after the 3-2 win over Saint Mark's. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Zach Swarbrick scores the first goal of the game. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Miguel Marino heads the ball forward. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Griffin Kammerer gets a big-time save in the second half. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Saint Mark's scores on a penalty kick. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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