Cape conquers Indian River field hockey in shutout

It might have been “Think Pink Day” for players and fans, but the Cape Henlopen girls’ field hockey team was thinking about scoring goals. The 11-0-1 Lady Vikings dominated the Tuesday, Oct. 14, matchup at Indian River High School in a 12-0 blowout. The loss marks the Lady Indians’ worst loss of the season and largest margin of defeat since losing to Sussex Tech 15-1 in 2010.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Lady Indian goalie Madison Thune makes a quick save with her feet during IR’s loss to the Cape Henlopen Lady Vikings.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Lady Indian goalie Madison Thune makes a quick save with her feet during IR’s loss to the Cape Henlopen Lady Vikings.The Oct. 14 loss was IR’s seventh straight, putting them at 1-11 on season, near the bottom of the Henlopen South Conference. During the losing streak, the team has only managed two goals and has given up 27.

Senior goalkeeper Sarah Hickman was able to keep the game from getting even more out of hand with 17 saves on the day, including a few from point-blank range.

The Lady Vikings were led by senior Tiara Duffy (two goals, one assist), senior Amanda Smith (two goals), sophomore Sydney Ostroski (one goal, two assists) and senior Allie Yeager (one goal, one assist) in their commanding victory. The 12-goal game was their highest scoring performance thus far all season, surpassing their 11-0 win against Sussex Central on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Indian River had an opportunity to bounce back from the deflating loss when they traveled to Laurel High School on Thursday, Oct. 17, (after Coastal Point press time). The Lady Bulldogs were winless on the year, at 0-8-1, as of press time, and had lost to Cape Henlopen 4-0 in the first game of their season.

Next Tuesday, Oct. 22, The Lady Indians will be back at home to face Sussex Tech. Last year, the Lady Ravens handled IR easily at home in an 8-0 shutout.