Sandwich Knights Suffer First Loss
By: DAN CROWLEY, July 3, 2014
The Sandwich Knights of the Cape Cod Amateur Soccer League suffered their first loss of the season on Wednesday, July 2, when they fell, 4-2, to visiting Nauset.
The Knights opened the scoring in the 29th minute when Nick Cotter, closing in on the net, kicked a perfect cross from left to right to Conor Fitzgerald, who was closing up the middle. Fitzgerald took care of the ball and drove it into the net for a 1-0 Sandwich lead.
Nauset came right back as the half was about to end and on a scramble in front of the Sandwich net managed a shot that went wide to the right of the dive of Sandwich keeper JD Drumm.
Nauset pushed the ball hard in the second half as it scored in the 58th, 67th and 79th minutes to take a 4-1 lead. Fitzgerald got one back with his second of the match in the 81st minute.
“Nauset is a good team,” Sandwich coach Mike Stuber said after the match. “They have great ball movement. We let up a couple of goals that hurt us, they caught us out of position. But we hung in there and played solid defense. JD did a nice job playing out of position in net for us and Todd Shigo played a good game up the middle. Nick Cotter worked real hard, as he always does, and created a lot of scoring opportunities for us and Tim Parsons did a nice job up front.”
In a battle of undefeateds, Sandwich squared off against Dennis-Yarmouth Celtic on Sunday, June 29, at Sandwich High School and dealt the visitors a 2-1 defeat.
One key for the Knights was the solid performance of keeper JD Drumm. Normally a striker, Drumm stepped into the net and held off the potent Celtic offense. The Sandwich defense did a nice job, with Mike Bridges, Matt Larson, Austin Haygood and Jake Hyland frustrating the D-Y offense and feeding the ball forward.
D-Y took a 1-0 lead in the opening half, but before the break Bridges set up Tim Parsons for a goal that tied the match. In the second half Conor Fitzgerald got the ball ahead to Nick Cotter for the goal that turned out to be the winner.