Delmar field hockey downs Cape, extends win-streak to 30

LEWES — When the clock hit zero on the Delmar High field hockey squad’s 3-0 shutout of Cape Henlopen Thursday night, the Wildcats had recorded the program’s 30th consecutive win.

“I don’t even think about it,” Delmar coach Jodi Hollamon said of the streak. “I bet you if you asked the players, they would not even be able to tell you. We have not spoken one word of that, we just come out and play every single game.”

“I didn’t know it was 30 wins tonight, I had no idea,” sophomore Morgan Bradford said of the streak.

It was Morgan and eighth graders Maci Bradford and Josie Hollamon who scored the trio of goals, extending the streak and solidifying Delmar’s fifth shutout to begin the 2018 season.

“Both teams were intense – I think that’s how it should be,” Hollamon said. “Both teams were playing hard and it was a great hockey game.”

“Our focus was to score first and score early,” Morgan said. “Cape is a team that doesn’t give up easily, and they didn’t give up tonight, but we tried our best to make them give up.”

Morgan opened the scoring at the 23:50 mark of the first half, netting her fifth goal of the season to put the Wildcats ahead 1-0. Senior Ashlyn Carr provided the assist.

“I just saw the goal, and I put it in there. That’s pretty much it,” she simply explained of her first half goal.

At the 1:45 mark, her sister Maci extended the lead to 2-0 with her sixth goal of the season. It was Morgan who assisted her on the play.

“I just knew that the ball was in front of the goal and we had to finish to keep the intensity up, so I just finished and put it in the goal,” she said.

Down 2-0 at the halftime break, Cape’s offense came out with intensity early in the second half and appeared to score a goal from senior Alia Marshall less than three minutes into the half.

A few minutes later, the referees disallowed the goal, ruling it was a dangerous shot.

“It was too dangerous with way too many people in the circle,” Hollamon explained of the ruling. “It could’ve changed the momentum, at that point it was only 2-0, because Cape never gives up and they know how to win.”

A few minutes later, Delmar put the game out of reach as Josie Hollamon scored the game’s third goal on a penalty corner to give the Wildcats the 3-0 advantage.

“To have two eighth graders on the field and to be able to control a game like we did tonight is awesome,” Hollamon said of Josie and Maci. “They’re just intense, they want to win and they want to play hard, I’m proud of all of them.”

Delmar earned 14 penalty corners and nine shots to Cape’s three corners and three shots.

Through five games this season, the undefeated Wildcats have out-scored opponents 22-0 and the Bradford sisters have been responsible for 11 of those 22 goals.

“Well, they’re sisters, so they’re used to playing with each other,” Hollamon said of the success the two have had this year. “They’ve played with each other for a long time. They’ve grown up with a field hockey stick in their hand and they’re clicking.”

“It’s very exciting, we’re a little duo this season,” Morgan said of playing alongside her little sister. “We’ve had goals and assists for each other, and it’s just very exciting playing with her.”

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