Lower Cape Team Is At Top Of The Cape’s Women’s Soccer League

By: Brad Joyal

Topics: Soccer

The Orleans women’s soccer team comprised of women from around the Lower and Outer Cape has been among the Cape Cod Women’s Soccer League’s best teams for a second consecutive summer. The team looked to defend its league title Tuesday night against Falmouth. BRAD JOYAL PHOTO

NORTH EASTHAM – Serving as the girls soccer and girls lacrosse coach at Monomoy provides Jenn Peterson with plenty of opportunities to coach the next generation of female athletes and help them improve their craft.

Like most Cape Cod residents, Peterson likes to unwind during the summer months.

For her, that means moving off the sideline and into the action as the longest-tenured member of the Orleans women’s soccer team in Cape Cod’s Women’s Soccer League.

“I love it,” said Peterson, who is in her 16th year with the team. “I feel like a part of me coaches on the field, so I like that aspect. I like that part of it, but I just want to play. I do enough coaching, so it’s nice to have Steve [Austin] over there coaching.”

Austin was one of the founders of the CCWSL 20 years ago while he was still coaching at Chatham High.

“I hoped to get some of the high school players playing in the summer,” Austin said of his original vision of the league, “but the first rule they made was that players had to be out of high school. In the last few years, that’s loosened up a little bit.”

In recent years, the Orleans team – comprised of both year-round and summer residents of the Lower and Outer Cape – has been among the league’s best.

Orleans defeated Sandwich to win last year’s championship and finished this summer as the regular-season champions with a 10-1-1 record. The team’s only defeat was a 4-1 loss to Falmouth on July 21.

“It stinks, because we had such a successful season,” Hannah Vogt, a Halifax resident who spends her summers in Wellfleet, said of the only loss. “But no one is perfect, and we were still the regular season champs and we want to win in the playoffs.”

Added Morgan Krauss, a Belmont resident who summers in Chatham: “I think losing our winning streak helped us and showed us that we’re not safe and we can’t be that confident. It gives us momentum going forward.”

Orleans advanced to the championship after defeating Sandwich, 4-0, on July 28. The final against Falmouth was scheduled for Tuesday night, after The Chronicle’s deadline.

Austin and Peterson said this year’s summer team has benefitted from a strong group of forwards.

“We have forwards that we haven’t had in other years, so we’ve been scoring quite a few goals,” said Austin, who recently retired as the Sturgis East girls soccer coach after starting the program 17 years ago. “Like all of the teams, these guys play hard. A lot of them are going back to college soon and they want to do well out here.”

Peterson said having a solid mix of players with varying levels of experience – including current college players – is one key to fielding a successful team in the CCWSL.

As much as she enjoys meeting new women from near and far, Peterson noted that she’ll always view Monomoy as another recruiting tool.

“It’s fun to play with some of my past players,” Peterson said. “As soon as they become seniors at Monomoy, I start recruiting them to come playing for us.”

Email Brad Joyal at brad@capecodchronicle.com. Twitter: @BradJoyal