A persistent rain and a pesky Seekonk team were not enough to knock off the Bourne field hockey team from the catbird seat in the South Coast Conference-Small standings.
Visiting the Warriors on Wednesday, October 2, the Canalmen overcame those obstacles to score a 1-0 win and continue their strong start to the season.
Senior captain Taylor McCarthy broke the scoreless tie with eight minutes left in the game in what ended up being the game-winning goal. Fellow senior captain Sophie Stowe set up the McCarthy goal.
Head coach Mike Massmann said Hannah Greene, Aaysham Tahir, Sam Rathburn and JJ Rodrigues all were strong in the victory. Goalie Elizabeth Black stopped all four shots she faced for the shutout.
The Canalmen earned the regular season sweep against Seekonk after claiming a 1-0 home win on September 13. According to Massmann, it’s the first time in program history Bourne has swept Seekonk in the regular season.
Westport 1, Bourne 0
In a defensive battle, the Canalmen lost a hard-fought road game to the Wildcats on Monday, September 30.
Bourne was playing from behind for most of the game, as Westport scored the eventual game-winning goal 11 minutes into the first half. The score stood up at halftime and at the conclusion of the game, despite the Canalmen frantically trying to pull out at least a tie.
“We had many opportunities, but could not capitalize,” Massmann said.
He went on to credit the play of Julia Elicier, who often faced double coverage, and Holly Miller and Phoebe Medeiros on defense.
Westport, with a record of 6-0-1, is undefeated on the season. In two games played against the Wildcats, Bourne has played them tough, with both ending in 1-0 decisions.
Bourne (5-3-2, 4-1-2 SCC) travels to Mattapoisett on Friday, October 4, to meet Old Rochester at 3:30 PM.