HARWICH ─ It took 10 minutes for the Monomoy girls soccer team to find its way onto the scoreboard in their home opener on Sept. 7. From there the battle against Sturgis West was on, with the Sharks playing to a 3-2 victory over the defending Cape and Islands League champs thanks to stellar teamwork.
“That was a big home opener,” said Monomoy head coach Jenn Peterson. “I thought the girls responded really well.”
Since Monomoy's move into the league, the two teams have a bit of history between them.
“We played them three times last year, and each time I thought played them a little better and a little stronger,” Peterson said. “So we knew coming in it was going to be a tough game.”
Maggie Dever sent in the first goal for the Sharks on a well-placed corner kick from Tarry Barry to put Monomoy ahead 1-0 just 10 minutes into game play.
The Navigators then made good on a penalty kick to tie the game at 1-1, taking a 2-1 edge before halftime on a second goal from Claire Meli.
From the start of the second half, the Sharks showed their determination, netting two goals again within the first 10 minutes of the frame, the first from Kelsey Olson who capitalized on an opening in West's defense.
Less than five minutes later, Dever fired in her second goal of the game, the game winner for Monomoy, which then employed solid defense to keep West from finding the net for the game's remainder.
“I thought it was well played,” said Peterson. “The two teams are even. It's going to be fun since we're in the same league and are probably going to be battling for the top spot in the league.”
Though the team led by four seniors – Tara Barry, Francesca Barr, Tori McCormack, and Katie Dever – Peterson said she saw strong play from the younger players.
“I thought the young players brought a lot of energy to the game,” she said. “I had an eighth-grade left back starting the game, Hannah Slater, who I thought was great, and Grace Ventura gave us good energy up top and caused trouble, especially defending.”
In goal for the Sharks was Josie Ganshaw, whom Peterson also gave kudos to.
“She did well,” Peterson said. “She communicates well back there, and makes good decisions when to come out.”
The following afternoon the Sharks traveled to Sandwich to face the St. John Paul II Lions, playing to a 3-0 shutout to put them up 2-0 overall and in league play.
Ventura opened the scoring for Monomoy, with Barry netting the Sharks' second goal of the outing on an assist from Abby Higgins, giving the team a 2-0 lead heading into the break, with McCormack scoring the third goal in the second half to ensure the win.
Ganshaw split time in net with Maria Fidencio, who combined forces nicely in the win.
At press time the Sharks were slated to travel to Nantucket, with their next home game set for today (Sept. 14) at 4 p.m. against Dennis-Yarmouth.
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