The visiting Nauset Warriors scored two second-half goals about two minutes apart from one another to steal a win on the road against the Sandwich girls’ soccer team.
Hosting Nauset on Tuesday, October 8 at DeConto Stadium, the Warriors scored on a cross play roughly 10 minutes into the second half that knotted the game at one apiece. Shortly thereafter the visitors took the lead after Hailey Richardson dribbled through multiple defenders and beat Sandwich goalie Sarah Lustic for the eventual game-winner, 2-1.
“[It] was a tough loss at home versus Nauset tonight,” Sandwich head coach Dave DeConto shared on Twitter. “[We] played hard until the end, but couldn’t come with the tying goal.”
Though the Warriors dominated those specific two minutes in the second half, the Knights offense typically dominated possession for much of the first half. The strength of the Sandwich midfield barely let Nauset into its defensive third of the field—jumping passing lanes and stopping breakaways early on to give their offense the ball back.
With roughly five minutes left in the first half, that constant pressure eventually paid off when Sandwich took the lead. Freshman Sophia Ricciardi was the recipient of perfectly-placed rebound that bounced off Nauset goalie Brady Deschamps after a rocket shot from senior Kelly Murphy in the 37th minute.
That 1-0 lead up through halftime and early into the second half until that two-minute stretch ultimately doomed the Knights. Much like the first half, however, Sandwich did have quite a few opportunities on net, but they just couldn’t punch them home.
It was a revenge game, of sorts, for the Warriors after the Knights won 2-1 in North Eastham back on September 12.
Riley Morrison and Katelyn Kramer stood out in the midfield for Sandwich while Bridget Gleason dribbled through Nauset’s defense with regularity and Hanlyn O’Neil provided the back line defensive support.
Sandwich (4-3-3, 2-2-3 C&I Atlantic) is off until Tuesday, October 15 when they travel to Barnstable to meet the Red Raiders at 4 PM. Previously, the two teams played to a 1-1 draw in East Sandwich on September 19.
Boys’ Soccer Routed By Nauset
Three first-half goals and three more in the second half spelled out a loss for the Sandwich boys’ soccer team.
Visiting North Eastham on Tuesday, October 8 to meet unbeaten Nauset, the Blue Knights were shutout for the second time in as many meetings against the Warriors.
Spencer Rushnak had a hat trick for the Warriors while Shavar Champagnie, Laird Parker and Will Schiffer also scored in the win.
The loss came one game after Sandwich stopped its eight-game winless streak by scoring a 3-1 road win against Monomoy on Thursday, October 3. Both of the Knights’ wins have come against the Sharks, after they captured a 4-3 come-from-behind win against September 10.
Jason Hurrie opened the scoring for the game when he finished off a pass from Joe Morrison in the 14th minute. Following a goal by Monomoy’s AJ Williams that tied the game at one apiece by halftime, Jack Greeley broke the 1-1 tie in the second half in the 71st minute on an assist by Joe Morrison.
Three minutes later Morrison got in on the scoring action when Hurrie set him up with a goal to give the game its final score.
“Jason held the midfield together and provided smooth transition to the offense, linking up with the wingers and strikers,” Sandwich head coach Alfredo Alvarenga said. “Joe worked tirelessly, was a constant offensive threat for us and had a hand in all three goals.”
Goaltender Jonathan Dyer stopped two of three shots on net for the Blue Knights.
Sandwich (2-8-2, 0-5-2 C&I Atlantic) is back in action on Saturday, October 12 at home against Plymouth North in a nonleague game at 10 AM.