The first official game of the season did not go as hoped for the Sandwich High School girls’ soccer team. The Knights arrived late to Plymouth North and had to play through warmer off-Cape temperatures than they’d left behind at SHS. The most-scorching thing that they had to deal with, though, was the Plymouth North offense.
The Eagles, an older and more-experienced club than their Cape Cod opponents, got off to a fast start and never looked back. By the end the home team had rolled to a 6-0 win.
Sandwich head coach Dave DeConto said the Knights allowed themselves to get into their own heads early on, and that led to mistakes. By the end he felt that the team was finally beginning to play the type of soccer that had made it competitive during its preseason scrimmages.
“They’re a really good team and they really took it to us, and we’re young and we panicked a bit,” DeConto said. “That’s why I think that we’re going to sneak up on teams this year. We didn’t play well today, but I’ve seen the type of soccer that we’re capable of playing.”
Plymouth North started fast, potting four goals in the first half to put the game out of reach after just 40 minutes. The Eagles tacked on two more in the second half.
Sandwich had some scoring chances, especially in the second half, but was unable to finish off the plays. The coach said his midfield had some very good moments. He pointed to the play of senior Grace Cohen, sophomore Lily Hofman and 8th grader Megan Jakubicka as being very good throughout the game.
Sandwich has a few days to bounce back and get things put together before hitting the field again. SHS visits Nauset High School on Tuesday, September 14, then will be at Dennis-Yarmouth two days later. On Saturday, September 19, the team will play its first home game of the year, an afternoon affair against visiting Newton South.