The Smyrna High School soccer team battled Cape Henlopen to a scoreless tie for most of the first half, but eventually fell to the Vikings 5-0 on Thursday at home.
Play was fairly even during a physical, but well-played first half. Both teams had several opportunities to establish field dominance, but neither team could maintain an advantage for very long. Both defenses cleared well through the midfield and especially from in front of their goalkeepers.
Late in the first half, Cape's William Swontek slipped through the Eagle defense and bounced a shot inside the near post to give the Viking a 1-0 lead in the 39th minute.
"Smyrna was playing good defense and we were bottled up and a little frustrated," said Cape Coach Gary Montalto. "But we were able to deliver the ball to him (Swontek) and he was able to finish it off for us. That was a big psychological lift for us, because if they go in 0-0 at the half, they would have the momentum."
Early in the second half, Max Euler was awarded a penalty kick which he promptly deposited in the back of the net for a 2-0 Viking lead.
The Eagles tried to rally, but weren't able to penetrate the Viking defense.
Several minutes later, Drew Mulcahy scored to give Cape Henlopen a 3-0 lead midway through the second half.
Smyrna forwards continue to press, but were unable to break up the shutout.
Zach Swarbrick and Mason Jones each scored goals for the Vikings later in the period to put the game away.
Cape Henlopen is now 13-1.
The 4-11 Eagles defeated Seaford in the season finale on Tuesday, both after the Sun-Times deadline.