ORLEANS – Sandwich might have come away with a win against the Cape Cod Furies on Dec. 21, but that doesn't mean the home team made it easy for them. In spite of the score, the Furies skated furiously, playing with a tenacity that had their head coach smiling at game's end.
“I thought we battled really hard,” said Furies head coach Addie Weeks following the 3-1 loss. “Sandwich is always strong, but I'm really pleased with our effort.”
Weeks said she saw a marked difference in the team's game play from their tough loss to Bishop Stang last week to their competitiveness against Sandwich.
The visiting Knights made their way onto the scoreboard first, but five minutes later the Furies tied the score at 1-1 when Sophie Coelho capitalized on a pass from teammate Eve Abboud at 3:53 in the first quarter.
While the Lady Knights would go on to score two more goals, one in each of the second and third quarters, the Monomoy/Nauset/Cape Tech pressure certainly made it difficult. Though working with a less deep bench than she would like, Weeks noted that all of her lines worked tirelessly to keep Sandwich away from the net.
“This was a huge team effort,” Weeks said. “They fought really, really hard. It's a totally different mentality [from last year]. We don't have that depth on the bench and I think they know that this is it.”
Weeks said in pregame talks she and her fellow coaches, Noelle Smith and Steve Hirschberger, emphasize the importance of every player on the ice and their capability of contributing in each game.
“We say every day in the locker room, 'Every single one of you matter,'” Weeks said.
In the Dec. 21 game, Weeks gave kudos to Furies goalkeeper Jazz Silva and wing Julia Weiner for their efforts against Sandwich.
“Jazzy Silva had an amazing game,” said Weeks. “This is her first year starting varsity. I'm super proud of her as she came up with some big saves, and Julia Weiner had a really strong game, just attacking, attacking, attacking.”
So far this season the Furies have battled Barnstable in a 5-1 loss, defeated Plymouth North/South 3-2, and fallen to Bishop Stang 3-2. Their next game is set for Dec. 30 against Martha's Vineyard with a 2 p.m. start time at the Charles Moore Arena. As the New Year begins, they'll also get another crack at Stang when they head off-Cape for a 3:30 p.m. contest on Jan. 2 before returning home to host Plymouth North/South on Jan. 5 at 11:20 a.m.