HARWICH – Though the scoreboard showed a 4-0 loss for the Monomoy field hockey team, the scoreboard didn't tell the entire story. While the Sharks didn't score in their Oct. 8 game, they played a strong and tenacious game against the D-Y Dolphins and continued to strive for a spot in the post-season.
The Sharks held the Dolphins at bay for much of the first half, determinedly maneuvering the ball out of dangerous territory each time the visiting D-Y squad neared the net, until the Dolphins got one past them to take a 1-0 edge into halftime.
Unfortunately for Monomoy, the second half belonged largely to D-Y, who added three more goals to its tally, one on a questionable penalty shot that was first rebuffed by second-half goalie Caitlin Bouvier before officials decided the shot wasn't properly set up and ordered a redo that this time bounced into the net.
But in spite of the shutout, the Sharks continued playing with gusto, working to step up their defense while also doing their best to reroute the ball into their possession. They came close to netting a goal on several occasions but were unable to get past the D-Y goalie. Progress could be seen, however, in more connected game play that made for a better outcome in the Oct. 8 game than when the Sharks previously faced the Dolphins, when they came away with a 7-0 loss.
“They came out stronger than they did the first time we played D-Y,” said Monomoy head coach Jennifer Estes. “This was our first game at the start of our season. Not a league game, but definitely some tough competition. We were still figuring out how to work together and where people should be on the field. Now they have more of a set formation and they're comfortable with their positions and working with the people they're around.”
Estes was pleased with their efforts in the outing.
“I think today we really saw them move the ball into different options on both sides of the field,” she said. “That's something we've been working on, so I was really proud of them for that.”
Estes offered a pair of shoutouts after the game.
“Nikki Awalt did an awesome job as our center back,” Estes said. “She was the one who stopped some of those key balls in the circle, and Elena did a fantastic job of seeing the field and distributing the ball. She was my left back, but she was able to cross the ball and see different options.”
The Sharks fared better against Sturgis West last Friday, playing to a 4-0 Cape and Islands League victory, boosting their record in the league to 6-0 (6-4-1 overall).
Four different Monomoy players put the ball in the net for the Sharks, beginning with Holly Evans, who netted the game's first goal with less than 20 minutes left in the first half. Minutes later Caroline DiGiovanni added the second, just before Ali Barrett capitalized on a feed from Aoife Daly to put the home team up 3-0 at the break.
Daly had the final goal of the outing midway through the second half, with Caitlin Bouvier and Evie Sheeran splitting time in goal.
Next up the Sharks host Martha's Vineyard on Saturday (Oct. 13) with a 2 p.m. start, and Bishop Fenwick on Oct. 15 at 4 p.m.