Cape Gazette

Cape soccer wins absurdly fast-paced game at Indian River 2-1

By Dave Frederick | Oct 31, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook Cape senior Billy Swontek pops in the winning goal in the Vikings' 2-1 victory over the Indians.

Forty-four years of Cape soccer closed out the regular 2013 season with 80 minutes of hell in an absurdly paced fast game on the slippery, mist-shrouded pitch down to Indian River’s John M. Clayton Stadium. The candlepower of the old lights gave off a mellow-yellow heavy hue, and the players surged and snapped through it like meteors.

Cape won the game 2-1 for the best record in school history at 14-1, and all the players realized they may never be part of such a soccer moment ever again.

“It was just an unbelievable game [with] the fans and fighting for every ball,” said Max Euler, Cape’s leading scorer, who scored the first goal of the game. “I knew where Billy [Swontek] was going to put that corner kick. I just made sure I was there to get a tap on it.”

The scoring all happened in the last 25 minutes of the second half, all on restarts, as Euler went near post to redirect a corner from Swontek at 14:20. That was followed by a Luis Cruz direct kick up and over the human wall to the upper right corner to tie the game at 23:26 with magic man Swontek pushing home the game-winner unassisted at 32:57 of the second half.

The shots totaled Cape 13 and Indian River 14. Griffin Kammerer was credited with 6 saves while Sam Cannon of Indian River had 3.

Coach Gary Montalto with 550 career wins in New York and a record of 36-6-3 at Cape spoke to his team after the game.

“I really believe you’ve grown as a team because you show resilience. The first two years, there’s no way we come out of here with a win. You battled calls, you battled the pace of this game which was absurd, just so fast. Conditions were tough with the wet grass, and you guys in the back just played so simple. [It was a] well-played and well-marked game that you’ve had. And Griffin [goalie], you fought through so many situations. “

Montalto spoke of the restarts awarded to Indian River in the final 20 minutes of the game. "It's important with the lead in the final third of the field that you play intelligently, focusing on containment. When they have a player like Cruz who is so dangerous and can put that ball in the upper corner, you just can’t give him opportunities."

Indian River, 10-3-1, plays at Sussex Tech Thursday, Oct. 31, then will play Caesar Rodney Saturday, Nov. 2, for the Henlopen Conference Championship.

The first round of the state tournament begins Wednesday, Nov. 6.  Cape will likely play at home versus Caesar Rodney, the only team to beat the Vikings this season.


Cape goalkeeper Griffin Kammerer grabs an Indians shot in the Vikings' 2-1 win. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior Max Euler moves the ball into the Indians' half of the field in the Vikings' 2-1 win over Indian River. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape goalie Griffin Kammerer slides to knock the ball away from an Indians attacker. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Max Euler, left, runs upfield after scoring a goal as teammates Drew Mulcahy and Elliott Young celebrate. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior Elliott Young controls play in the midfield. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Senior Max Euler traps a free ball. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape defenseman Conor Donohoe battles for a loose ball. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior Kai Vitella gets held by an Indian River defender. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior Zach Swarbrick blocks an Indians pass. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape defender Conor Donohoe, left, heads the ball from Indians midfielder Luis Cruz. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior Kai Vitella heads the ball away from Indian midfielder Gregory Ray. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape midfielder Jose Santana, left, battles for possession with Indians midfielder Sean Whelen. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape captain Josh Lesher passes away from the defense of Luis Cruz. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape captain Josh Lesher passes between two Indians. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior Zach Swarbrick heads the ball away from the rush of Indian River's Gregory Ray. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior Kai Vitella gets fouled by Indian River's Joshua Kleinstuber. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Max Euler leads a crowd into the midfield. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Billy Swontek gets fouled during a header. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape junior varsity cheers on their varsity teammates. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape goalie Griffin Kammerer leads the Vikings on their victory run. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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