Last season, the Cape Henlopen Vikings posted a 12-3 mark, eventually reaching the DIAA Division I Boys Soccer tournament semifinals.

Heading into 2018, they were ready to see what they could do for an encore. With a handful of games remaining on their regular season schedule, the Vikings have been more than impressive, going undefeated through 11 games before suffereing their first loss to Caesar Rodney earlier this week.

Cape has proven they have a well-rounded group, capable of winning the games they should, with the ability to win the close, tough games.

The Vikings opened winning seven games in a row before a 2-2 tie with Sussex Tech. After the draw with the Ravens, Cape Henlopen rallied off victories over Delmar, Polytech and McKean, improving to 10-0-1 heading into this week’s action.

While Cape has come away with multiple-goal victories over Worcester Prep (Md.), Smyrna, Seaford and Gunston School (Md.), they’ve found ways to win every close contest.

Out of their 10 wins, five have come by one goal, including two recent wins over Delmar and

Polytech.

“We are battled tested,” said Cape Henlopen Head Coach Patrick Kilby. “I’m hoping that these close matches will serve us well versus the heavy weights that are looming on our schedule.”

Defensively, the Vikings have been one of the toughest units in the state. The two goals they

gave up against Sussex Tech in the early-season tie marked the most opponents could score.

In 11 of their 10 games, Cape has allowed two goals against, with six shutouts.

“I’m most impressed with the number of shutouts we have,” Kilby said. “Our team has only given up [9] goals all season, two of which came on penalty kicks.”

Cape Henlopen will finish the week with a road contest against Milford. Next week, Cape will end their season with back-to-back games against Indian River and Charter School of Wilmington.

With the home stretch here, the Viking are hoping to end it strong before a deep playoff run.

Before that, they have eyes on the conference crown.