HARWICH – The Monomoy girls varsity soccer team knew going into its Oct. 26 game against Nauset that the Warriors would be tough opponents. But they gave it their all, in spite of a 4-1 loss, before closing out their regular season with a 2-0 shutout of the St. John Paul II Lions on Monday.
The Sharks took an early 1-0 lead against the Warriors last Friday in a game moved up a day because of the season's first nor'easter, but weren't able to hold on as the visiting Nauset squad surged past them for a win.
Abby Wallace netted Monomoy's only goal on an assist from teammate Abby Higgins less than 10 minutes into the first half, temporarily putting Nauset on notice, but Regan Meehan was quick to respond for the Warriors, netting two back-to-back goals roughly five minutes apart to put Nauset ahead 2-1.
Next to score was Nauset's Shannon McSorley, who capped off the first half with her goal on a penalty kick with just 17 seconds on the clock. Teammate Olivia Pickard netted Nauset's final goal of the game 10 minutes into the second half, but stepped-up defense from the Sharks prevented further damage.
The Sharks fared much better in their final regular season home game on Monday (Oct. 29) against St. John Paul II, coming away with a 2-0 shutout in Cape and Islands League play with both goals netted by Maggie Dever.
After a scoreless opening frame, the Sharks made their way to the scoreboard when Dever capitalized on a well-placed corner kick from Higgins to give Monomoy a 1-0 advantage over the Lions. Less than 10 minutes later, Dever again sent the ball into the net, this time on an assist from Melissa Velasquez.
Meanwhile, Monomoy goaltender Josie Ganshaw made five solid saves in the win, which saw the Sharks finish up with an overall record of 12-5-3 and 11-3-2 in the league. Next up for the team is post-season play. Seeds and a schedule of games were expected to be posted on the MIAA website (miaa.net) by Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 31)