A Lower Cape team that was equal parts skillful and physical came to Osterville to take on the Barnstable United women’s team and used a fast start to take down the home team, 3-1, on Tuesday, June 18.
The defeat was the first of the year for United, which also secured a 3-1 victory against Sandwich in the first game of the 2019 summer season.
United is a combination of the old Barnstable women’s team and the defunct Mashpee squad. The CCWSL, which had reached a high point of six teams just a few years back, is now back to four teams with Mashpee joining forces with Barnstable.
Lower Cape needed less than three minutes to score on a well-executed play through the middle of the field to take a 1-0 lead. The score held that way through a rock ‘em, sock ‘em opening stanza into the second. Early in the second half the Lower Cape squad struck with another early half goal to double their lead.
United, which had a handful of decent first half chances, finally cashed one in moments later to cut the lead in half with a goal that was very much like the one that LC had just scored. Amanda Dustin, who had a fantastic game throughout the midfield for United, got off a shot from about 25 yards out that bent high and tailed to the left. The Lower Cape goalie launched herself into the air in an attempt to slap it over the crossbar, but just got the tips of her fingers on the ball as it found twine to make it 2-1.
With momentum shifting it took just a few moments before the United squad appeared to have the tying goal. Crashing a rebound in front of the net, United put the ball behind the goalie but the shooter was ruled to be offside on the play and the goal disallowed.
Lower Cape then put the game out of reach with a perfect strike from the perimeter. A shot from 30 yards out from the middle of the field was out of the reach of Heather Delude and the visitors had their two goal advantage back. Delude made a fantastic stop later in the half to keep LC from pushing ahead further as she stepped up to challenge a breakaway and kicked it out of harm’s way.