HARWICH – It was clear from the start of the boys soccer Div. 4 South preliminary game that the Sharks wanted to win, and win they did, sinking Bourne 3-1 in the first tournament victory in Monomoy program history Sunday.
“We've lost in the first round every time,” said head coach Keith Clark. “So that was something the guys really focused on, and wanted to make sure they got done.”
AJ Williams had a hat trick in the Nov. 3 outing, his first goal coming on a pass from Troy Olson, with Williams funneling the ball in between two Bourne defenders before sending it past Canalmen goalkeeper Shane Murray and into the net, giving Monomoy a 1-0 edge with a little more than 13 minutes left in the first half.
Then, with less than five minutes in the half, Williams struck again, this time firing a shot from the top of the box on an assist from Matt Velasquez to put the Sharks up by two as fans cheered wildly from along the fence and in the stands.
The game's second half proved far more intense and physical as an increasingly frustrated Bourne squad continued dialing up the pressure as they narrowed the score with a goal midway through the frame, the only goal Monomoy's Sean Deveau would allow past for the entire game.
That's when things got really chippy, with a trio of Bourne players earning yellow cards for unsportsmanlike behavior on the field. Meanwhile, Monomoy continued looking for scoring chances. Williams completed his trifecta with less than 10 minutes on the clock when he capitalized on a corner kick, sending a rebound into the net.
The win set up a first round game against Cohasset on Tuesday afternoon, which, in spite of solid game play, saw the No. 2 seed Skippers take a 6-2 win. Sam Higgins and Sam Chase scored the goals for Monomoy.
Lane Meehan, whose son Ryan has played for the Sharks throughout his high school career, attended the game and said Monomoy played a tireless game.
“They played really hard as a team, and they played to the end and never gave up,” she said. “I'm so proud of them.”