SOUTH YARMOUTH – When the Monomoy girls traveled to South Yarmouth to face the D-Y Dolphins on Sept. 23, the scoring started with a penalty kick and ended with a goal that dropped in as the final whistle blew, but sadly for the Sharks, the win belonged to the home team Dolphins.
“I feel like we have a young defense and we struggled to deal with their offense,” said Monomoy head coach Jenn Peterson. “They have a really good forward, someone who can score goals, and I feel like we didn't make the right adjustments and it was a tough day defensively.”
The Dolphins' first goal came at 21:58 in the opening half on a penalty kick from Mikayla Reid following a handball call on the Sharks. Reid followed it up with another goal minutes later to put D-Y ahead 2-0.
Though Monomoy was able to maneuver the ball into scoring territory a few times, the determined Dolphins kept up the pressure. The Sharks finally found the back of the net when a dribbler kicked by Melissa Velasquez, on an assist from Grace Ventura, rolled past the Dolphins goalkeeper, narrowing the home team's lead to 2-1.
Unfortunately for Monomoy, Reid was quick with a response, sending in her third goal of the game seconds later, again boosting D-Y's lead by two.
Senior captain Kelsey Olson netted the second goal of the game for the Sharks at the 35:00 mark of the second half, but two more goals from the Dolphins, including one that came at 40:00, put the game away for good.
Though the Dolphins dominated the scoring, Peterson acknowledged that her team stepped up their game play in the second half.
“I think our midfield did a lot better in the second half,” she said. “We found our marks, made better decisions, and were able to find the goal.”
Peterson recognized the efforts of Dakota Hesse, Kenyatta Pigo-Cronin, and Grace Ventura.
“I thought Dakota in the midfield, especially in the second half, had a great game,” Peterson said. “And Kenyatta made a difference off the bench in the second half, giving us a little piece up top, and I thought Grace had a great game as well.”
On Sept. 17 the Sharks played Falmouth Academy and fared much better in the outing, coming away with a 2-0 victory.
Olson was the first to hit the scoreboard, converting a nice pass from Kate Gabri at the 17-minute mark of the second half, with Gabri adding the second goal in the final minute of the game, while goalkeeper Josie Ganshaw was stellar in net with a shutout performance. Monomoy also defeated Sturgis East the previous week with a final score of 5-0.
Next up for the Sharks is a home game this afternoon (Sept. 26) against Sturgis West with a 4:30 p.m. start, followed by another home game Oct. 1 against St. John Paul II at 4 p.m.