Sharks Score First Soccer Victory Of The Season Against Sandwich

By: Aodhán Doyle

Sam Higgins (20) takes a shot during last week's Sharks victory over Sandwich. CHRIS DOYLE PHOTOS

HARWICH – After a scoreless draw against Sturgis West the previous evening, and still without a win in the season, the Monomoy boys varsity soccer team faced a tough task on Oct. 15 — non-league, Division Two opponent Sandwich.

Despite the challenge and early offensive pressure from the Blue Knights, Monomoy captured its first win, 1-0, behind a first-quarter goal from eighth-grader Ryan Laramee and another strong defensive performance.

Laramee’s goal, the first in his varsity career, came on a low cross into the box which the Sandwich defenders could not clear.

“It was just bouncing around the box,” Laramee said after the win. “I took it with my left foot and it went in.”

With an early goal on the board and a noticeable boost in confidence, the Sharks’ biggest strength this season kicked into full gear and stymied an aggressive Blue Knights offense to finish off their third shutout of the season.

Monomoy’s midfield, led by seniors Sam Higgins and Miles Boyle, maintained possession and challenged each Sandwich counterattack.

“I think we just came out more ready,” said Boyle. “I think they were coming into this game thinking it was going to be a cakewalk, you know? They’re a league above us. We just came out prepared, hungry for a win.”

“We were passing the ball really well together and linking up,” Laramee added.

While only one Monomoy shot found the back of the net, the Sharks had numerous chances to add on to their lead in the second half.

Monomoy attacked out of the break with three shots on goal in the first five minutes of the half. The pressure continued with Sandwich’s keeper saving over a half-dozen shots in the third quarter, compared to just two, mainly from long distance, for Monomoy’s Sean Deveau, who scored his third shutout in net.

Higgins, Boyle, and Connor Nicholson were all instrumental in the offensive, either taking shots of their own or slipping passes through seams in the Blue Knights’ defense to Laramee and Troy Olson.

Monomoy travels to Hyannis to play Sturgis East today (Oct. 22) at 4 p.m.