NORTH EASTHAM – The Sharks came to compete, but it was the home team Warriors that came away with a 2-1 win on Halloween morning in a rescheduled match between the rivals.
After rain canceled the original outing, slated for the afternoon of Oct. 30, the Warriors hosted the Sharks early Saturday morning in a spirited contest that saw Monomoy make it onto the scoreboard first.
With less than two minutes left in the opening frame, Caroline DiGiovanni made a stellar pass across the goal from the left, which teammate Carly Dimock was able to knock into the box for the score.
The Sharks continued to play with punishing intensity, but the determined Warriors, led primarily by Sophie Christopher, Julie Weiner, and Mia-Fay Melano, managed to eke one past Monomoy goalkeeper Caroline Upson to tie the game at 6:15 in the second quarter.
Following the half, both teams returned to the turf with renewed motivation, each seeking to break the tie, but while Monomoy again controlled the majority of play, it was the Warriors who found a hole and seized it late in the final frame, pulling ahead of the Sharks. Though Monomoy worked tirelessly to even the score, the clock wasn't on their side and time ran out before another goal was scored.
Monomoy head coach Jennifer Estes said she was impressed by their level of play.
“Our offensive players stayed connected and made great passes as they progressed up the field,” she said. “Defensively, the girls supported each other and switched fields making stick-to-stick passes.”
Nikki Awalt remained a thorn in Nauset's side defensively, proving a tough player to get past, while Christopher and Melano on the Nauset squad were formidable. Nauset head coach Cheryl Poore did not reply to a request for comment.
Upson made eight saves in net for Monomoy.
The 2020 season has been vastly different for both teams under the new rules dictated by the pandemic, the most notable being the drop in on-field players from 11 to 7 vs. 7. Coaches have made no secret about the impact the change has had, noting that a good deal of preseason work was spent getting used to the new format. Estes was pleased with their intensity against Nauset.
“Overall the girls worked extremely hard and left it all on the field,” she said. “I'm very proud of their effort and determination.”
For Monomoy, however, it seems to be working fairly well as the Sharks lead the Cape and Islands League with eight wins, two losses (both to Nauset), and no ties. Prior to the Nauset game, the Sharks defeated the D-Y Dolphins with a score of 3-1 on Oct. 28, with DiGiovanni netting the first goal of the game around the 13-minute mark of the first quarter. With a nice assist from Alexis Culver and a second goal from DiGiovanni, the Sharks extended their lead to 2-0. Helen DiGiovanni capped off the scoring with a goal in the final minute of the fourth, assisted by Dimock.
The team will host Sandwich on Nov. 4 at 4:30 p.m. before wrapping up their 2020 season on the road against Falmouth on Nov. 6 with a 4 p.m. game.