HARWICH – The Monomoy boys varsity soccer team played to a 1-1 Cape and Islands League tie against Sturgis East in their first home game of the season in a game with little spark on Sept. 12.
Sam Higgins scored the lone goal for the Sharks at 22:44 in the first half, breaking through a scrum in front of the Storm net. Unfortunately for the home team, East found its way to the scoreboard in the second half, then worked to keep Monomoy from scoring again, though much of the second half game play saw the Sharks in possession of the ball. In spite of several scoring chances, however, the Sharks weren't able to eke out another goal before the final whistle.
“I'm a little bit disappointed in the result, but overall I think it was a fair result based upon the way the teams played tonight,” said Monomoy head coach Keith Clark. “We had a hard time settling down and playing. A lot of run, chase, kick the ball.”
Clark wasn't sure whether his team's nerves were up due to it being their first home game, or a night game.
“Who knows what it was,” he said. “The reality is that we graduated quite a few, so a lot of these players, even though they may be upperclassmen, they haven't had the game experience.”
Clark said he was especially stymied after his team had a strong performance against Sandwich two days prior, falling 4-3.
“I think we could have done more,” Clark said. “We played well against Sandwich and I think sometimes they come in and they think, 'maybe we don't have to do as much,' and we've got to do just as much every time. We struggled to play soccer tonight.”
That said, Clark thought Higgins and Ryan Meehan had solid games.
“I thought Sam Higgins played real well, and Ryan Meehan at center back cleaned up a lot for us,” he said.
Monomoy (0-2-1) traveled to Barnstable on Sept. 14, falling to the Red Raiders 4-0. At press time the Sharks were slated to host Falmouth Academy, with their next game set for this afternoon (Sept. 19) at Cape Cod Academy with a 4:30 p.m. start. Monomoy will be home on Sept. 23 against D-Y beginning at 4:30 p.m.