HARWICH – Two well-placed goals made a rainy soccer match that much more worth it for the Nauset girls varsity soccer team, which defeated Monomoy 2-0 in the final game of the regular season for both teams.
Monomoy played a hard-fought game, but couldn't get past the quick reflexes of Nauset goalkeeper Brady Deschamps, who managed to keep a grip on the ball in spite of on-and-off rain throughout the game.
The Sharks' intensity kept the visiting Warriors off the scoreboard for the entirety of the first half, with goalie Josie Ganshaw snagging a few key saves on corner kicks to keep Nauset scoreless.
Then came the second half when Nauset's Hannah Gale sent a shot soaring perfectly into the Monomoy net near the 23-minute mark on an assist from teammate Shannon McSorley to put the Warriors ahead 1-0. Lilly Manganaro then doubled Nauset's lead on one of the most well-placed headers of the season that Manganaro converted from a corner kick by Halle Rudman.
While Monomoy continued to battle, belying the scoreboard, finding the back of the Nauset net just didn't happen and the Sharks 2019 season came to a close.
“I think it's a tough end to a tough season,” said Monomoy head coach Jenn Peterson. “I feel like we started playing well toward the end of the season. Even the last two losses I felt like we turned a corner and started playing how we wanted to all season, so in that case it's sad that the season is ending, but we have a young team. The future does look bright.”
Peterson noted that only three seniors will leave the team come graduation, with a talented young squad up-and-coming.
“On the field today we had three eighth graders competing,” Peterson said. “We have a big sophomore class that contributes a lot, and we get Maggie back for her senior year, so that will be a big help.”
Peterson was referring to Monomoy's Maggie Dever who was injured late last spring and has been sidelined since, but looks to return to athletics, hopefully sometime this winter, though she's been a stalwart support for her teammates this fall.
When it came to shoutouts, Peterson gave a big nod to said seniors, Alyssa and Kaitlyn Lyons and Kelsey Olson.
“I thought the seniors played their hearts out,” Peterson said.
Olson said she'll miss the team's chemistry.
“Everyone is like sisters to each other, and we play so well with each other,” she said.
Alyssa Lyons said she'd also miss the close ties between teammates.
“Definitely the girls and the bonds we have,” she said. “It's very supportive and everyone's so close.”
Sister Kaitlyn agreed.
“Win or lose, we always have each other's backs at the end of the day,” she said. “That's what counts.”
The Nauset Warriors, meanwhile, eked out a post-season berth with the win.
“We're very excited,” said Nauset head coach Cathy Nagorski. “I thought they played well. They got the job done. They really came alive in the second half and really played with a sense of urgency, which is what we had talked about at the beginning of the game.”
Nagorski gave kudos to Manganaro for a header she called “brilliant,” and to her fellow seniors,
McSorley, Rudman, Ruby Warner, Julie Wilson, Bella White, Cassidy Cook, Kara Moore, and Hannah Gale.
Unfortunately, Nauset's 2019 season came to an end on Sunday when the Warriors fell 2-1 in an overtime shootout to Hopkinton in the Div. 2 South Sectional preliminaries.
Rudman scored her first goal of the season with a little more than 10 minutes left in the first half, tying the game at 1-1 after the Hillers took an early lead. In the end, though, it all came down to one spot-on kick that gave the visitors the victory.
The Warriors finished their season at 9-9-1.