Sandwich Knights Finish First In Men's Amateur League
By: DAN CROWLEY, August 1, 2014
The Sandwich Knights of the Cape Cod Amateur Soccer League finished the regular season this summer in the same place that they did last year—first.
Wednesday night, July 30, the Knights (12-1-1) capped the regular season with a 2-1 victory over Dennis-Yarmouth Celtic (7-6-1). Top-seeded Sandwich will open postseason play on Sunday, August 3, at Sandwich High School against eighth-seeded Bass River (1-13-0) at 5:30 PM.
The Knights opened up Wednesday scoring in the fourth minute as Peter Alveranga got his foot on a ball sent in his direction through a crowd in front of the D-Y net by Connor O’Brien and put it past the Celtic keeper.
Sandwich didn’t enjoy the lead for long, as three minutes later D-Y scored off a corner shot.
D-Y missed a wide open opportunity as the ball bounced toward the open Sandwich net in the early going, but JD Drumm came out of nowhere and kicked it clear just before it crossed the goal line.
Sandwich took a 2-1 lead in the 13th minute when Drumm launched a cross that found Tim Parsons, who tucked the ball into the net between the keeper and the post.
Austin Haygood, normally a defender, got the start in net for the Knights and made two leaping one-handed saves down the stretch to maintain the 2-1 Sandwich lead at the break.
Four minutes into the second half Alveranga had a shot on an open net sail wide and O’Brien took a cross from Parsons and also had his shot go wide. Fourteen minutes into the second stanza Alveranga, Kevin Greene and Nick Cotter each got off quick shots, one right after the other, but in each case had them bounce off the D-Y keeper. A minute later Andrew Scanlon fired a hard shot on net and again the Celtic keeper blocked the Sandwich bid.
Greene, Sam Eames, Parsons and O’Brien all made scoring bids, but in every case had their shots blocked. At the other end of the field, whenever D-Y managed to find daylight between the tightly played Sandwich defense, Haygood was ready, making a couple of nice blocks late in the half. In the final minute Haygood made a leaping save, punching the ball over the top of the net to preserve the win.
The Knights locked down their second consecutive first-place finish Sunday night as they battled the Nauset Storm to a scoreless tie.
Nauset was the only team to defeat Sandwich this year. They beat the Knights 4-2 on July 2. The previously undefeated Storm finished second in league play at (10-1-3).
Strong play by Sandwich goalie Jason Katz and the Knight defense kept the Storm off the scoreboard.