Roundup: Cape’s 100-game in-state streak ends in tourney loss to Hillers

One of the more enduring winning streaks in Delaware high school sports has come to an end.

Fourth-seeded Tower Hill scored a goal in each half to knock off five-time defending state champion Cape Henlopen, 2-0, in the DIAA field hockey state quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon.

It was the first loss to an in-state program for the fifth-seeded Vikings (14-3) since falling to Sussex Tech, 1-0, in the 2010 state semifinals. Cape had won 100 straight games against Delaware schools since then.

The Hillers (15-1), who are coached by Cape Henlopen grad Robin Adair, will face top-seeded Padua in Tuesday’s semifinals at Rullo Stadium in Newark.

Tower Hill outshot the Vikings, 6-5, in Saturday’s game while Cape held an 8-4 edge in corners. Lori Ferguson made a pair of saves for Cape.

Boys’ soccer

Appoquinimink 3, Polytech 2, OT: The seventh-seeded Panthers took the No. 2 Jaguars to overtime before falling the quarterfinals of the DIAA Division state tournament on Saturday.

The Panthers finish the regular season with a recoord of 11-5.

Salesianum 5, Sussex Tech 0: The top-seeded Sals were too much for the No. 8 Ravens as they posted the shutout win on Saturday.

Indian River 1, Caravel 0: The No. 1-seeded Indians netted the game’s only goal in posting the vuctory in the Division II quarterfinals on Saturday.

Cross country

Bowser, Bamforth shine in states: Smyrna High’s Naomi Bowser finished second in the Division I girls’ meet while Sussex Tech’s Ben Bamforth took fourth in the Division I boys’ race to highlight the Henlopen Conference’s showing at the DIAA Cross Country State Championships at Brandywine Creek State Park on Saturday.

The team state championships were won by Padua (Division I girls), Tatnall (Div. II girls), Salesianum (Div. I boys) and Tatnall (Div. II boys).

In the Division I girls’ race, Bowser clocked a time of 19:48.06, finishing behind only Padua’s Lydia Olivere (18:23.10). The Pandas took six of the top spots in the races.

As a team, Smyrna finished third behind Padua and Wilmington Charter. Cape Henlopen’s Olivia Brozefsky was the next-highest finishing downstater, placing 10th in 21:05.13.

In Division I boys, Appoquinimink’s Vail Freed won the individual title in a time of 16:37.84. Bamforth (17:05.12) took fourth with Smyrna’s Tosin Ibironke (17:14.36) placing sixth and Caesar Rodney’s Johnathan Epstein (17:18.83) placing eighth.

In the team standings, Sussex Tech was fourth and CR was fifth.

In the Division II girls’ race, Tatnall put six in the top eight led by winner Keelin Hays (18:41.83). Sussex Academy’s Helena Helou (21:01.98) took ninth.

In Division II boys, Wilmington Friends’ Connor Nisbet (16:26.57) captured the individual title. Seventh-place finisher Drew Harris (17:19.23) of Lake Forest and No. 10 Austen Cave (17:24.37) of Delmar both placed in the Top 10.

College field hockey

Delaware 1, Louisville 0: For the first time since 1982, Delaware moved past the NCAA Tournament first round following a 1-0 victory over No. 9 Louisville Saturday afternoon at Duke’s Jack Katz Stadium.

The No. 8 Hens (20-2), who have now won 16 straight games, advance to face top-seeded Duke at 2 p.m. Sunday in the second round. The winner advances to the national Final Four

Senior Maura Zarkoski scored the lone goal of the afternoon. The midfielder gave the Hens the lead in the ninth minute as she tapped in a cross from sophomore Lisa Giezeman from the right side.

“There are no words,” said Zarkoski. “I saw Lisa winding up and I knew where it was going to go. It was awesome to get it for the team.”

Delaware got all four of its shots in the first half as Louisville controlled possession in the second half and outshot the Hens, 11-4, in total.

Junior Emmeline Oltmans was clutch for the Blue Hens with six saves, five of which came in the second half, for her fourth shutout of the season and eighth of her career.

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