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Quirky goal leads Ravens to 1-0 win over Cape

Vikings on the postseason bubble
By Nick Roth | May 08, 2013
Photo by: Nick Roth Cape sophomore Joanne Garcia winds up for a long pass to a teammate downfield during the Vikings' 1-0 loss to Sussex Tech May 7 at home.

Lewes — The rain stopped just in time for Cape's Senior Night girls' soccer match against rival Sussex Tech May 7 at Champions Stadium, but a slippery ball was the deciding factor in the Ravens' 1-0 win.

Just three minutes into the contest, Sussex Tech junior midfielder Samantha Hudson lofted a shot on goal from well outside the 18-yard box that slipped through the hands of Cape freshman goalkeeper Olivia Baratto, off the left post and into the goal.

"With wind and rain, those swirling shots, they're hard for a keeper," said Sussex Tech coach Carlos Villa. "You teach them to shoot. You never know what's going to happen when you put it on frame."

Cape coach Bob Dieterle said Baratto has played well all season long, and gives credit to Hudson for taking the shot.

"I don't know if when she hit it she thought it would go in," he said. "That's why you take it and see what happens, especially when the field is slick and the ball gets wet."

Barrato said the goal woke her up, and she went on to make a key save on a penalty kick with about 6 minutes left in the first half, pushing a shot by the Ravens' Michelle Laz over the crossbar. Then in the second half, Barrato made another big diving save to keep her team within one goal. She finished the game with eight saves.

"We didn't quit. We kept pressing," Dieterle said. "We were trying to get a couple balls through. We made a couple good runs, but just didn't get anything to drop in."

Sussex Tech dominated possession, but the Vikings had a few scoring chances they were unable to capitalize on. Shots favored the Ravens 10-2. The Ravens have only allowed four goals all season, including three in a loss to Polytech. They've shut out opponents in all but one of their 10 wins.

Tech improved to 10-1 this season and faced its biggest test of the season Thursday, May 9 against 11-0 Caesar Rodney.

Cape's record dropped to 8-4-1. The Vikings will travel to 9-2 Polytech Tuesday, May 14, before completing the season at Caesar Rodney Thursday, May 16.

Cape junior Shelby Thomas and Tech junior Dylan Bryan battle for a header in the midfield. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Tech junior Dylan Bryan unloads a long shot at Cape's goalkeeper. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape sophomore Stephanie Mendez dribbles the ball through the midfield. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape junior Shelby Thomas works against a Tech defender with the help of teammate Shelby Hunt. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape defender Shantel Hazzard scans the field before clearing the ball away from danger. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Sussex Tech sophomore Michelle Laz and Cape sophomore Joanne Garcia battle for a loose ball. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape junior Shelby Thomas and Sussex Tech defender Alexis Gale leap for a header. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape sophomore Joanne Garcia brings the ball through the midfield while defended closely by Tech junior Dylan Bryan. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape senior Destany Woodward walks with her parents Daniel and Vanessa during a halftime ceremony honoring seniors. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cape senior Shelby Hunt is escorted by her father Anthony during a halftime ceremony honoring seniors. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Joanne Garcia, No. 9, was escorted by her cousin and teammate Stephanie Mendez and parents Ilaney Mendez and Alex Garcia. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Alex Coverdale is escorted by her father Tom and mom Toni past her teammates during the senior ceremony. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
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