After a very slow start in which the Blue Knights missed the net on their first seven shots in the opening seven minutes, Sandwich (3-0-3) rallied in the second half and dealt Dennis-Yarmouth (0-5) a 9-0 defeat.
Despite dominating every aspect of the match in the first 40 minutes, the Knights had no spark and struggled to find the net. Sandwich had eight shots on goal, but it wasn’t until the final shot with 1:20 left in the half that the ball went in. Lydia Evans took the ball from about 15 yards out and lobbed it to the left to Caroline McKenna, who headed it into the net giving the Knights a 1-0 lead at the half.
“We settled down and got into a playing rhythm in the second half,” coach Dave DeConto said. “We had a scoring explosion.”
After the break it took Sandwich just 19 seconds to get on track, as Evans once again set up McKenna up the middle. Lea Adams then took over, scoring three times in two minutes, with all three goals coming from the center of the field near the 18-yard line.
“What Lea did is what we have worked on in practice,” DeConto said. “We should not be afraid to take that shot.”
Leading 5-0 just three minutes into the second half the Knights began to substitute liberally, as younger players joined the match. Tatum Tropp added to the scoring spree in the 46th minute with a blast from the left side from 20 yards out that was placed perfectly over the reach of the D-Y keeper. Six minutes later it was Megan Forrester’s turn with the first of her two goals of the day. This time she broke up the middle, dodged the defender and drove the ball into the back of the net. Katie Lowry was next with 17:22 to play with a kick from the right side off a pass from Tropp that found its way through traffic in front of the net and landed inside the far post. Forrester rounded out the scoring with 13:14 left with a hard shot from 18 yards out.
“Everybody played,” DeConto said. “For Tatum [Tropp], Megan [Forrester] and Katie [Lowry] it was their first varsity goal.”