It was like a prize fight between two of Cape Cod’s better soccer finishers in Hyannis on Tuesday, September 21. In the blue corner, representing the Blue Knights of Sandwich High School, was Jake Sutton. In the red corner, representing the Red Hawks of Barnstable High, was Joao DaSilva.
Each shooter scored all of his team’s goals in a back-and-forth affair, but it was Sutton who landed the knockout punch for SHS in the 67th minute to provide a 3-2 win for his team.
The victory marked the first time this season that the Knights left with a win to their credit after a couple of near-misses. SHS is now 1-2-2 and undefeated over its last three games.
DaSilva landed the first punch by putting his team ahead by a 1-0 score in the sixth minute, with Kaike Maia assisting on the play. About 16 minutes later SHS drew even on Sutton’s first of three as he forced a turnover and split the defense to get to the net.
With the game knotted 1-1 at the half, DaSilva landed another blow to put his team ahead 2-1 in the 49th minute. That would be it for DaSilva, but Sutton was just getting started.
In the 57th minute Sutton tied the score up with a pretty individual effort that got him to the net for a shot that beat the goalie. Then, in the 67th, he came away with the winner. Matt Hemeon assisted on the play.
Sandwich’s backline had a strong game. Goalie Sullivan Gaffney stopped two shots on goal and Sam Hart, Owen Beaton, Sean Murphy, Drew McKinnon and Aiden Lapp all stood out. Braden Gilfoy, Matthew Murray, Daniel Oman, Silas Ohman, Owen Woodard, Adam Klaiber, Matthew DiGiacomo and Jake Whelan played well in midfield.