The Delaware high school boy’s soccer playoffs begin next week. One of the team’s looking to make a long run are the Sussex Central Golden Knights under head coach Kevin Cash. At the end of October, Central’s record was 12-1.
WBOC: Prior to the season, did you expect to be where you are in terms of wins?
Cash: As a coach I have always expected to win. This year being my first year back as head coach at Sussex Central was no different. After analyzing my players and our schedule I knew we would have a very successful season. I remember talking to my mentor and soccer coach Woody Long and telling him I thought we could go 12-3 with this group of players and if we stay healthy maybe even better.
WBOC: Your team is pretty stingy in giving up goals, was that a point of focus at the start of the season?
Cash: As a coach I would definitely say that I believe in playing a great defensive game as you can’t lose if you don’t give up goals. So this year was no different and we do focus on playing great defense. Our defense is led by captain’s Maycol Escalante and Christian Castillo. The old saying is that defense wins Championships!
WBOC: Can you give some details about your background?
Cash: I started playing soccer my sophomore year at Sussex Central High School thanks to my soccer coach Woody Long recruiting me to play. My experience at Central was outstanding as I was named Captain my junior and senior years in which was the highest honor I’ve had as a soccer player. I was also All-Conference all three years and all-State my senior year and had the great honor to represent Sussex Central in the senior All-Star game. As far as coaching I would have to again thank Woody Long as he got me involved with coaching pee-wee soccer on Saturday mornings. I then went on to coach at Sussex Central Middle School for 6 years before taking over the Sussex Central soccer program for the next 15 years. The Central soccer team went to the state tournament 14 out of my 15 years as their coach. I then decided to go back to Middle School coaching for the next 6 years. Coaching at Georgetown Middle School where we had 4 undefeated years and a streak of being unbeaten for 55 straight games in which that streak is now at 62 straight games under Scott Hitchens and Richard Whealton who were my assists at Georgetown Middle. I was then asked if I would come back to the Sussex Central program by Principal Dr. Bradley Layfield. I quickly accepted the position knowing that I would get an opportunity to coach all my boys from Georgetown Middle in which we were so successful. Getting back to Central is a great honor and I hope for many great seasons.
WBOC: Dupervil’s name regularly appears in the box score. How would you describe his importance to the team?
Cash: Dalendy iso ne of the most dynamic and best forwards in the State of Delaware but what makes him so great is his team around him. Dalendy gets to play with so many amazing young players that make him better but he also makes the young players better. When we are in close game the team does however depend on Dalendy to score the game winner and he has not let his teammates down.
WBOC: Who are the leaders on this year’s team?
Cash: The leaders of the team are our captain’s Maycol Escalante, Yunior Cruz, Isaiah JeanBaptiste and Christian Castillo. They have been outstanding leaders at practice and in games. They motivate their teammates beyond my expectations. They are the backbone to this year’s team and why this team has had success.
WBOC: It has been awhile since the Golden Knights made the state tournament. What would it mean to your program?
Cash: I believe the last time Sussex Central made the tournament was in 2011. Making the State tournament this year represents that Sussex Central soccer is back to the highest level of soccer in the State and that is a great accomplishment for the program. Not to mention the great honor to say we are the Northern Henlopen Conference Champions.