Tech’s Lee records 21 saves in 2-0 loss to Cape

GEORGETOWN – Cape Henlopen’s offensive attack peppered Sussex Tech goalkeeper Grace Lee with 38 shots Tuesday night.

Only two of those shots managed to get past the senior goalie in Tech’s 2-0 loss.

“We have a great defense. They’re very mature, they have good skills and they held it down back there,” Tech head coach Mia Paltrineri said. “Especially our goalie, Grace, she had the game of her life tonight.”

“I thought they did pretty well,” Lee said of her teammates. “They were stepping in and intercepting balls and continuing to pressure the ball a lot, so I was pretty happy about that.”

Goalkeeper Grace Lee made 21 saves against Cape Tuesday night (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

The win marked Cape’s fifth consecutive victory and improved their season record to 6-2.

Senior Annie Judge scored the game’s first goal at the 22:26 mark of the first half, with an assist from junior midfielder Alia Marshall.

The early-game goal from Judge was the lone goal to be scored off a penalty corner, despite Cape earning 13 penalty corners throughout the 60 minutes of play.

At the 5:48 mark of the first half, senior attack Katie Frederick extended the Cape lead to 2-0. Marshall assisted on the play once again.

Cape failed to score in the second half of play, but Sussex Tech’s offense was unable to overcome the 2-0 deficit.

Tech’s offense put up just three shots on goal in the first half and failed to produce any shots on goal in the final 30 minutes.

“We definitely need to work on moving to the ball,” coach Paltrineri said. “We’re not a turf team, but we can be. So, I think we need to work on being quick, communicating and just the basics of hockey.”

Junior attack Macenzie Hastings during Tech’s showdown at Cape Henlopen Tuesday night (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

“I think towards the end of the game we really started to act as a team and we started connecting on passes,” Lee said. “I think we all stood together as a team, we stood strong in the second half which is something we’ve struggled with in some other games.”

Tech’s two losses this season were by a combined score of 3-0 against a pair of teams (Lake and Cape) with a combined record of 11-4 this season.

“We’re just going to take a look at the film, figure out what we need to work on and move on to our next game,” coach Paltrineri said of her squad’s mind-set.

Next, the Lady Ravens (5-2-1) will host Conrad Friday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m.

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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