HYANNIS – As is the case in many athletic events, the scoreboard at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center didn't tell the whole story in the Cape Cod Furies 4-0 loss to Barnstable on Jan. 5, but fans of the Furies will tell you that while their team might have lost, they played hard from start to finish, with goalkeeper Molly McKenna leading the charge.
Thanks to McKenna's quick reflexes and solid defensive help from Nikki Awalt and Leanne Kender, it took the Raiders until 4:52 of the second period to find the back of the net, with McKenna making 23 of her 48 saves in the first period.
With 2.9 seconds left in the second, Barnstable tacked on one more to its tally, taking a 2-0 lead into the final period. But while the Furies weariness began to show, they continued to battle, with Awalt, Connor Boucher and Charlotte Manganaro each taking shots during the final frame, even as the Raiders added two more to their tally.
“It was tough, but I definitely felt like we were right with them for those first two periods,” said Furies head coach Addie Weeks. “We had really, really strong hustle.”
Weeks praised the tireless efforts of McKenna for holding her own against a strong Barnstable squad.
“Molly played out of her mind,” Weeks said. “She really held us down. I was a little nervous in the beginning but she was phenomenal.”
Weeks acknowledged that the second goal scored by the Raiders stung.
“That one hurt,” she said. “But we looked good. We've just got to capitalize on more opportunities to score.”
It could be said that the team, comprised of players from Monomoy, Cape Tech and Nauset, is in something of a rebuilding year, with a number of younger players on the roster. Overall the team has only three seniors, five freshmen and four sophomores, with a number of eyes on the team's nine juniors.
“We've got a lot of young new players,” Weeks said, giving shoutouts to Nauset's Manganaro, Kender and Julia Weiner, as well as Monomoy's Awalt and freshman Eve Abboud. “She was first to the puck every time she could be.”
Next up for the Furies is a home game at Charles Moore Arena against Mansfield/Oliver Ames/Foxboro slated for 6 p.m.