Topics: Soccer

HARWICH – Prior to the start of the season, Nauset girls soccer coach Tom Pollert preached intensity. The Warriors coach wanted the girls to ramp up their effort in hopes of establishing a culture predicated on never letting up. That attitude has paid dividends, as the team has outscored opponents 14-5 while posting a 5-1-1 record through seven games. “The first seven games we really focused on being compet...

Fast Start Propels Nauset Boys Soccer Past Monomoy

By: Brad Joyal

NORTH EASTHAM – It’s a strategy that’s become a calling card for the Nauset boys soccer program. Although the Warriors want to play strong soccer throughout every game, they especially want to be at their best in the opening minutes, where an early goal can provide them with a spark while simultaneously forcing opponents to play on their heels and from behind. Nauset executed that philosophy perfectly Satur...

Monomoy Girls Soccer Focused On Building Young Core

By: Brad Joyal

HARWICH – Lucy Mawn and Melissa Velasquez always thought about how it would feel to be seniors playing one last season for the Monomoy girls soccer team. Although the two Harwich residents knew the day would come that they would be viewed and respected as the team’s veterans, both Mawn and Velasquez acknowledged it feels a little strange for that day to finally come. For years, the duo always had other lead...

HARWICH – There are always challenges associated with taking over a new high school athletic program. First-year coaches not only need to quickly discover the personalities of their new players, they also have to become acclimated with their skill sets and talent level to determine the role each player will take on. At Cape Cod Tech, first-year girls soccer coach Mike Bell isn’t just becoming acclimated with h...

NORTH EASTHAM – The Nauset girls soccer program doesn’t want to take its foot off the accelerator. Not during practice, and certainly not during games. As long as the Warriors are on the soccer pitch, they want to give it their all. The was one of the big takeaways for Nauset after the team suffered a 4-3 double-overtime loss to North Middlesex in the preliminary round of last year’s Division 2 state tourna...

BARNSTABLE – Monomoy boys soccer coach Keith Clark understands that patience is going to be paramount this season. “We’re probably going to start five sophomores, so we’re going to be young and it’s going to take a little while to come together,” Clark said Monday night during the team’s scrimmage at Barnstable. Although the Sharks will count on underclassmen to contribute as impactful players, some of them...

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...

NORTH EASTHAM – Not every team is equipped to handle adversity. Some teams falter when their backs are up against the wall, while others view adversity as a challenge and dig a little bit deeper to overcome it. The Nauset boys soccer team is no stranger to hardship. Throughout the regular season, the Warriors proved they are capable of rebounding when they fall behind to opponents. No. 8 Nauset did it again...

NORTH EASTHAM – Around this time a year ago, the Nauset girls soccer team lost a golden opportunity. The Warriors had captured the Cape and Islands League title and appeared primed for a deep postseason run. However, it wasn’t even an option. After missing out on the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association postseason tournament a year ago due to COVID-19 cancelling the entire year’s slate of stat...

HARWICH – There’s something about the term “rebuilding year” that just didn’t sit well with Monomoy boys soccer coach Keith Clark. Clark knew the Sharks were going to field a relatively young lineup this fall, but he still didn’t want any labels to define what his team could accomplish this season. “People wanted to call this year a rebuilding year but I didn’t want to have that mentality — I thought we sho...

HARWICH – The Monomoy boys soccer team’s unbeaten streak was in jeopardy of being snapped Thursday afternoon when the Sharks hosted the Rising Tide Herons. After giving up a goal in the first half, the Sharks ramped up their pressure in the offensive zone during the final 40 minutes of play. The increased pressure paid dividends with 5:30 remaining, as senior captain Troy Olson netted Monomoy’s lone goal to ev...

FALMOUTH – The Warriors girls soccer team’s undefeated season was put to the test Monday evening. After playing a scoreless first half in which Nauset struggled to create scoring chances against a Falmouth team determined to pack its defensive zone, the visiting Warriors ultimately returned home to the Lower Cape with their unbeaten record still intact. Sophomore Caroline Kennard ensured the result, netting...

While everybody felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic differently, certain Massachusetts high school sports teams were impacted more than others during the 2020-21 academic calendar. The Nauset Regional High School boys soccer team is among the programs that feels it missed out on some opportunities last fall, when Massachusetts held an abbreviated fall season without postseason state tournaments. “I ce...

New Monomoy Youth Soccer Program Announced

By: Brad Joyal

Monomoy’s soccer program just got a little more serious. On Monday night, the South Coast Soccer League voted to accept the newly-formed Monomoy Youth Soccer program as a member of its league. Monomoy Youth Soccer was spearheaded by president Jason Laramee and vice president Jenn Peterson, who serves as the girls varsity coach at Monomoy Regional High School. “Although the rec departments offer some opportu...

Harwich Police Detective Sergeant Bob Brackett’s motivation to begin the Harwich Police Soccer Club in 2012 was to provide local boys and girls with an opportunity to play soccer in a re-imagined way. “Everybody plays soccer on grass on a field, 11-on-11. I wanted to come up with unique things that these kids will carry with them forever and they’ll remember back, which is why we started the futsal program ind...

The last time the Cape Cod Tech boys soccer program had a season was in 2019, when the Crusaders finished with a 12-7-2 record after advancing to the semifinals of the Division 4 South sectional tournament. That group was full of experienced upperclassmen — an advantage this year’s group doesn’t possess. The Crusaders boast a young roster during the Fall II season, with just three seniors and two juniors on a ...