HARWICH – The Sharks were the bosses of the ball for the better part of their Div. 4 South first round game against South Shore Christian on Sunday, but two lucky goals from the Warriors made the difference as Monomoy bowed out in a 2-0 heartbreaker.
In spite of a dominating performance that saw stellar play from every Monomoy player on the pitch, the Sharks were unable to score in the outing, much to the frustration of players and the numerous fans that turned out to cheer them on.
The Warriors netted their first goal in the opening half when Micah Vazquez found himself alone in front of the Monomoy net, leaving Shark goalie Ted Clifford on his own defensively, unable to stop the ball before it reached the back of the net.
Rather than deflate the home team, the goal seemed to ignite the Sharks, who worked even more diligently to even the score, but continued to be frustrated by Warriors netminder Joshua Dagley. Nonetheless, Monomoy held possession for much of the game's second half, managing to keep the visitors off the scoreboard until late in the frame when Josiah Milord netted South Shore Christian's second goal just before time ran out.
“It was a tough loss,” said Monomoy head coach Keith Clark. “I think sometimes in this game it's not always fair. I think we were the better team on the day. We just couldn't capitalize on our chances, and if you don't score a goal you're not going to win the game.”
Clark was impressed with his team's determination.
“I was real proud of the effort we put in,” he said. “The guys played their hearts out. We were just really unfortunate.”
Clark gave kudos to Graham Papenfuhs for his tenacious play in the second half, and Sam Chase, Duncan Ramler, Clifton Wilson, and AJ Williams, who Clark said was Monomoy's most dangerous player up top.
“I think all in all there were a lot of good performances,” Clark said. “I think there were a lot of good efforts today which we can be proud of, and they played right to the end.”