HARWICH – The Cape Tech Crusaders played 80 solid minutes of soccer on Oct. 22 but were no match for the dominating Monomoy Sharks, with Monomoy coming away with a 3-0 victory in Cape and Islands League play on a chilly Monday afternoon.
The Sharks netted all three of their goals in the first half, with their first score coming from AJ Williams on a nice assist from Sam Chase at the 24-minute mark, with Chase utilizing focused footwork to get around Tech's Paulo Loureiro before sending the ball toward the net where Williams pounced on it for the score.
Chase netted the second goal unassisted less than two minutes later, giving the Sharks a 2-0 edge even as the Crusaders worked to put the pressure on the home team. Monomoy's third and final goal of the game came from Connor Deveau on an assist from Matt Velasquez just before the halftime whistle.
Although the second half was scoreless on both sides, the game offered Monomoy a chance to get nearly every player into the game, with strong performances from offensive and defensive players. Monomoy head coach Keith Clark was pleased with his team's efforts.
“It's a good win,” he said. “It's a Monday so you never know what's going to happen after a couple days off and a good result last week. I think it was a good day that everyone could contribute.”
The good result Clark was referring to was his team's Oct. 18 victory against Sturgis West with a final score of 2-1, with goals scored by Williams with an assist from Marvin Lawrence, and Graham Papenfuhs netting the second on an assist from Williams to give the Sharks the win.
In Monday's game, Clark gave kudos to the Crusaders, who were playing with a roster so small it didn't allow substitutions.
“Full credit to Cape Tech,” said Clark. “They didn't have any substitutes and they played hard the whole game.”
Cape Tech head coach Ivan Popov acknowledged the team's struggle.
“It was tough for us,” he said. “I only have 11 players so that makes it even tougher. But we did very well. I'm happy with the team and their performance. I think the whole team played well. They all played 100 percent.”
At press time Oct. 23, the Sharks were set to face Sturgis East in a Cape and Islands League battle, with their final home game of the regular season slated for Oct. 25 at 4 p.m., and their final game of the regular season at St. John Paul II on Oct. 29.
Meanwhile, the Crusaders were set to travel to Nantucket at press time, weather permitting, with another travel game to face Sturgis West set for Oct. 25, and their last game of the 2018 season set for Oct. 29 against Falmouth Academy.