HARWICH ─ The Cape Tech Crusaders put up a heck of a battle against the Old Rochester Regional Bulldogs last Friday afternoon, but in spite of chances near the net, came away with a 3-0 loss.
A strong first half had the Crusaders maneuvering the ball into scoring territory several times, while holding their opponents to just one goal, which came less than 10 minutes into game play, with Cape Tech holding off further scoring until 14:11 of the second half.
“It was a good game, a physical game,” said Cape Tech head coach Ivan Popov. “They played better, so they won.”
That said, the Bulldogs are Div. 3, while the Crusaders are Div. 4. Because of that, Popov felt that his team's performance was solid.
“I think my team played very well. It was a big learning curve for us,” he said. “How to play in the future and what we need to work on.”
Challenged by team numbers, Cape Tech had far fewer subs than their ORR counterparts, which Popov said was a drawback, but added that his team rose to meet the difficulty.
Captain Lucas DaSilva, along with teammates Rick Goncalves, Joel Ricketts, and Marcello Fonseca offered up energized performances throughout the game, as did Captain Will Grindell and Jowayne White, while goaltenders Liam Taylor and Eduardo Souza did well in making a number of saves in net.
“Most of my team is young guys, freshmen and sophomores,” said Popov. “I'm looking forward to the future because I think I'm going to have a great team. I have a great team this year, and next year it will continue to improve.”
The non-league match put the Crusaders at 3-2 for the season. At press time they were set to do battle at Rising Tide, with their next home game today (Oct. 5) against Falmouth Academy. The match kicks off a quartet of home games, with the next being Oct. 10 against Sturgis East, Oct. 12 against Sturgis West, and the last Oct. 13 against Nantucket, with all games starting at 4 p.m.
Popov said the team played Falmouth Academy in its first game of the season, coming away with a 3-1 victory.
“So I'm looking forward to a win,” he said. “And to make the tournament.”
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