Running Down A Ball

Jacob Sutton charges after a loose ball for the Sandwich High School boys’ soccer team during a recent home game for the Blue Knights.

Sometimes a tie isn’t all that bad. On Tuesday, September 14, the Sandwich High School boys’ soccer team notched the best kind of draw.

Playing against multiyear reigning league champion Nauset—which has been one of the top programs statewide for some time—the Blue Knights pulled out a notable 1-1 draw for their first points of the season in the standings. SHS had lost its first two games, against Plymouth North and Weymouth, but coach Alfredo Alvarenga said he had seen plenty to feel good about during those games, despite the unfortunate outcomes.

Against Nauset the Knights took a step in the right direction and scored their first non-loss against the Warriors in some time. “I honestly don’t remember the last time (we tied or beat them),” Alvarenga said. “It’s been a while.”

The Knights were thinking about a win after taking the lead in the first half. Near the midpoint of the first half, in the 24th minute, Sandwich staked itself to a 1-0 lead thanks to a strike off the foot of Joe Morrison, who ran down a pass from Jake Sutton off the right side and was able to beat the Warriors’ goalie with his shot.

Sandwich’s confidence grew more and more as the game progressed. The team took the lead into the half, but was not able to secure the victory in the end. Nauset tied the score on a Jean Farber shot in the 60th minute.

Sullivan Gaffney was very good in the net. He was helped by a superlative showing by the defense in front of him. The lone goal for Nauset came on a free kick. Gaffney went up to save the ball, but was unable to secure it. The ball fell to the ground and Farber punched it in.

In the end Sandwich was able to hold the fort and pick up the draw, which felt as close to a win as could be.

Drew McKinnon and Dan Oman anchored Sandwich’s back line in partnership with Sam Hart and Aiden Lapp as outside backs. Jake Sutton, Braden Gilfoy and Matt Murray directed traffic for Sandwich, linking up with Matt Hemeon and Matt DiGiacomo, who worked the flanks and provided support to Joe Morrison. Silas Ohman, Zachary Tobey and Adam Klaiber stepped in and kept up the pace and flow of the Knights’ game.

“I think the boys are playing really well right now,” Alvarenga said. “We just played the game in the first half and we were definitely the better team.”

The Knights are back in action on Tuesday, September 21, with a game against Barnstable High School at 4 PM in Hyannis.

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