OSTERVILLE ─ Monday was a great day to not only be a Shark, but to also be a member of the Monomoy boys soccer team, which shut out Cape Cod Academy 4-0 in Cape and Islands League play.
Three separate Sharks scored in the outing, with team captain Sean Spies netting the first goal just 2:13 into regulation play on an assist from teammate Connor Coughlan to put Monomoy up 1-0. Unfortunately for the Seahawks and in spite of their strong defense, the visiting Sharks were just getting started.
Next to find the net was junior Jan Lapinski, celebrating his first varsity goal of the season, the assist coming from Ben Baker at 23:04 in the opening half, putting Monomoy ahead 2-0 before the break.
A little less than seven minutes into the second half of the game the Sharks went to 3-0 on an own goal that had the Seahawks frustrated as the high energy game began to get a bit chippy, with players from both sides warned about in-game comments.
While heeding warnings and continuing their solid game play, the Sharks next saw Connor Deveau send in a nice shot on a feed from Ryan Neiser to clinch the victory. Meanwhile, ensuring that the ball remained mostly in Monomoy territory was Perry Comeau, who worked tirelessly with captain Ben Thomas, Nick Meehan, Cam Archibald, Sam Chase, Clifton Wilson, Logan Routhier, and Karlill Bien-Aime to maintain possession.
Because the game allowed nearly all of Monomoy's bench to join the competition, the victory was shared and was also due in large part to Sean Gould, Graham Papenfuhs, Danny Arregoces, Jack Fernandes, and Ben Roza.
“The other team defended well,” said Clark. “Full credit to them. They played the entire 80 minutes.”
With a busy schedule this week that includes three games, Clark said it was good for his starting players to have some downtime during the game and be able to rest up a bit.
“We got some guys a chance to contribute with some more minutes,” he said.
He was pleased to see the work the team has been doing in practices evidenced on the field.
“We're trying to stay in the same concepts of keeping our shape offensively, not bunching, and playing simple, and play what you see,” Clark said. “And move the ball and circulate the ball quicker and better.”
Defensively his players admittedly didn't have as much to do, including goalie Ted Clifford, who earned his fourth shutout in net this season with a handful of saves, but each contributed to the overall win.
Clark had a slew of shoutouts to various players, but emphasized the team aspect in the victory.
“I think Sean Spies played well in the midfield,” said Clark. “He creates a lot for us on the ball and scored a goal, and Cam Archibald in the back. He's starting to step up as a vocal leader back there and organize us defensively, and Ben Thomas puts it in every game. He puts the effort in and stays positive and encourages the team.”
The head coach was pleased to have multiple players find the net.
“It was good to have a few other guys on the scoreboard today, because everybody's working hard,” he said. “We had a pretty big bench so it was good to get everybody in to contribute.”
At press time Monomoy was set to face Sturgis East at home, with their next home game scheduled for 4 p.m. today (Oct. 5) against Sturgis West.
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