Lady Ravens drop 3-0 Henlopen North showdown to Eagles

GEORGETOWN – Coming off a season-opening 8-1 shutdown victory over Lake Forest, the Sussex Tech Lady Ravens’ soccer squad dropped a 3-0 loss to Smyrna Thursday, March 29.

The shutout loss marks the team’s first defeat of the season as Tech drops to 1-1.

“When you give up that many goals early on, it’s tough to recover. They have some speed, so they kind of exploited that early on in the game and the momentum was theirs,” Tech head coach Carlos Villa said of the loss. “But I’m proud of them, they came back in the second half and we played well. It’s early in the season, but it’s a little bit of a wake-up call.”

The two squads battled a scoreless, back-and-forth game early on before the Lady Eagles broke the scoring open with a goal in the 14th minute. Sophomore Destiny Zapata scored the goal off an assist from Hannah Osborne.

Less than a minute later, Zapata drilled another goal past Tech’s goalkeeper to break the game open 2-0. Osbourne once again assisted on the play.

“Her pace sets her apart,” Smyrna head coach Mike Osborne said of Zapata. “We were able to execute today, and she finished great. It was really exciting.”

In the game’s 26th minute, senior Marissa McClenton scored an unassisted goal for the game’s third and final score.

Down 3-0 at the halftime break, Tech came out in the second half battling but was unable to put anything on the scoreboard.

Sussex Tech goalkeeper Valencia Whealton made eight saves on Smyrna’s 13 shots.

Smyrna goalkeeper Cassidy Cook made eight saves in the shutout win for the Eagles.

“She was First Team All-Conference last year,” coach Osbourne said of Cook. “She’s a senior this year and she’s smart, she’s bold, she really did a great job today as well.”

After spring break, Sussex Tech will get back to work against Milford High (0-3) Tuesday, April 10 in front of the home crowd.

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