SOUTH YARMOUTH – When a handful of Nauset boys soccer players took part in the Kenny Kup this summer and were asked what their aim was for the coming school season, they made it clear they were after another state championship. Since then the Warriors have gone on to defeat each of their opponents en route to an undefeated record that was boosted once again after a 5-0 shutout against D-Y on Sept. 19.
Five separate Nauset players scored in the win, which saw the Warriors dominate from the outset, leaving the Dolphins stymied and scoreless.
Freshman forward Nate Watring got the scoring started for Nauset with an unassisted goal at 11:27 in the first half, as Watring capitalized on the Warriors' consistent footwork and ability to keep the ball moving between players enough to make it difficult for the Dolphins to get a touch.
Following Watring was Shavar Champagnie, who found a hole in the D-Y defense and sent a shot through successfully at 21:16 in the first half. Less than eight minutes later Connor Cushing netted Nauset's third goal at 29:10, with help from Anthony Lovati, Laird Parker, and Artie O'Neil in bringing the ball into scoring position.
Just before the end of the half, Chris Pombo scored goal No. 4 for the Warriors, edging it past D-Y goalkeeper Caio Mayer as Mayer tried a sliding kick that missed its mark.
Though the Dolphins upped their intensity in the second half, the Warriors maintained their efforts, which were rewarded when sophomore Patrick Pinto scored the visiting team's final goal of the outing at 17:15 in the frame.
A savvy Pinto took advantage of Mayer's straying outside of the box, fired off a kick that D-Y defender Matt Farmosa tried unsuccessfully to block, Pinto's teammates offering high fives when the shot went into the net.
Though Henry Watson didn't have much to do in goal thanks to his teammates, he was able to make two saves in net, preserving the shutout.
The game was pretty much classic Nauset, at least in terms of recent seasons, when the Warriors dominated their opponents en route to state championships in 2016 and again in 2018, with the team going undefeated in both seasons.
Although they kicked off this season with a tie against Scituate, that was enough to propel the team back into its winning mindset and since that Sept. 4 game, the Warriors have gone on to beat New Bedford (3-0), Barnstable (5-1), Sandwich (2-0), and Falmouth (2-0), with Barnstable the first opponent to score against Nauset in ages. At press time the Warriors were slated to host Nantucket, with a trip to Martha's Vineyard planned for this afternoon (Sept. 26) for a 4:15 p.m. game.
Head coach John McCully was pleased with the outcome of the D-Y game.
“D-Y has had some good results going into today,” McCully said. “But our kids came to play. I was really proud of the way we played for the 80 minutes.”
McCully said that given the Dolphins 3-2-1 record, it was key that the Warriors start the game with intensity, which he felt they did.
“It was important for us to start quickly,” he said. “I thought our guys were really good on the ball today, and once we were good on the ball we were good on possession.”
He gave kudos to Sebastian Headrick and Spencer Rushnak.
“I thought Sebastian and Spencer really controlled the midfield for us,” he said. “And our scoring was by committee. We had five different guys score goals, and I thought that was important, as well, but our back five is really, really good. They were really strong today. We dominated possession because we dominated the ball, and we created a lot of chances. We've still gotta work on finishing those chances, but as long as we're creating those chances the goals will come.”