HARWICH – If there was a play of the game in the Monomoy boys varsity soccer team's Oct. 1 outing against St. John Paul II, it would have to be the moment Ted Clifford made a leaping save on a penalty kick, somehow seeing the ball through a wall of defensive teammates before making the key grab.
That save, and several others, kept the Lions off the scoreboard and though the Sharks weren't able to break the 0-0 deadlock, Clifford ensured the game would end in a tie.
For a significant portion of the opening half the home team Sharks controlled the ball, but while both teams had multiple scoring opportunities, neither was able to score. Monomoy's AJ Williams came the closest, twice bouncing shots off the crossbar, but the back of the net remained elusive.
Also putting forth strong performances in the game were Ryan Neiser, Connor Coughlan, Marvin Lawrence, Connor Deveau and Duncan Ramler.
Monomoy stands at 4-4-2 overall and 4-2-2 in the Cape and Islands League, with wins coming against Rising Tide, Cape Tech, Sturgis West and Cape Cod Academy. In their Sept. 27 against CCA, five different Sharks found the net for Monomoy, beginning with Graham Papenfuhs and Jan Lapinski in the first, giving the Sharks a 2-0 edge at the break.
In the second half Karlill Bien-Aime, Perry Comeau and Marvin Lawrence added to the score, with Clifford and Cole Currie taking turns minding the net.
The Sharks were slated to travel to Nantucket on Wednesday (Oct. 3) to face the Whalers, with their next home game set for 4 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 5) against Falmouth Academy.