Coutilien leads CR boys’ soccer over Cape

CAMDEN — It was a career day for Caesar Rodney High’s Lyod Coutilien.

Coutilien scored a personal-high three goals in the Riders’ 5-1 boys’ soccer win over Cape Henlopen Tuesday night as CR took control of the Henlopen North.

“It was a breakout game for Lyod. It’s going to be hard for him to hide from this point forward,” said CR coach Darrell Gravatt.

“Cape is a very formidable team, they came in without a loss, so it was an impressive win. Boy, we were waiting for an opening-up game for our attack and this was a great time to have it.”

Four of CR’s five goals, including all three of Coutilien’s, came in the second half. He scored a pair of goals just 12 seconds apart during the Riders’ four-goal onslaught.

“We just got rolling in the second half and it was just a wave of CR attack, one after another after another, and it just kept coming,” Gravatt said. “It was a snowball, and it just got stronger throughout the second half.”

CR’s attack peppered Cape goalkeepers with 16 shots.

The win spoiled Cape’s Henlopen North title bid, putting the Riders (7-3, 4-0 in North) in control of its own destiny within the division. A win against either Dover (3-5) or Polytech (4-6) next week would clinch the Henlopen North crown for the Riders.

Cape finishes 4-1-1 in the North and is 10-1-1 overall.

“It was a very big game,” said Gravatt. “We have a lot of seniors, a lot of guys who have waited for their turn. Their turn is this year, and they knew it, so it was a big game for us and it puts us in the driver’s seat.”

Senior Jacob Stant scored the game’s first goal on a penalty kick in the 30th minute, giving CR the 1-0 halftime advantage. Coutilien’s first goal of the night, with an assist from senior Reign Stevens, extended the lead to 2-0 in the game’s 43rd minute.

Fifteen minutes later, in the 58th minute, Cape’s Juan Carrillo put the ball in the back of the net to cut the Riders’ lead in half, 2-1.

A header from senior Chikezie Ikwuagwu, off a Braden Phillips assist, extended the CR lead to 3-1 in the 64th minute.

Coutilien put the exclamation point on the Riders’ victory with two goals 12 seconds apart in the game’s 71st and 72nd minute.

The first of the two quick goals was assisted by junior John Spadavecchia.

On the ensuing Cape midfield kick-off, Coutilien quickly applied pressure in the Vikings’ defensive zone, taking a risk and turning it into a four-goal lead for CR.

Sprinting towards Cape’s goalkeeper, Coutilien leaped and put the ball in the back of the net before anyone knew what happened.

“That second one, I knew exactly what he was going to do because he did it the whole game, so I just sprinted towards him and jumped up in the air,” explained Coutilien.

The goal sealed the win and earned him his first career hat trick.

On 12 Cape shots and a pair of corner kicks, Caesar Rodney’s senior goalkeeper Dillon Rahe made seven saves and had plenty of help from his back line.

“We’ve been pretty organized throughout the whole year and we’ve been training very hard as a back line,” Rahe said. “As long as we don’t shoot ourselves in the foot and give up stupid stuff, we really can’t be scored on.”

“Our backs are great,” Gravatt said. “We have an old back line — I think three of our four backs are seniors — and a senior keeper, so that’s a lot of experience and a lot of soccer knowledge. They play very organized as a cohesive unit.”

Staff writer Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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