Cape Tech Boys Soccer Defeats Rival Upper Cape, Extends Win Streak

By: Brad Joyal

Topics: School Sports , Cape Cod Tech , Soccer

Cape Tech senior Jacob Gardiner (8) leaps into the air to kick a pass from Lucas Gurski. Gardiner volleyed the ball into the net from mid-air to give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead. BRAD JOYAL PHOTO

BOURNE – There’s no denying that the Cape Cod Tech boys soccer team is playing some of its best soccer in recent memory. After opening the season with losses to Monomoy and Atlantis Charter, Cape Tech answered with five straight victories, including a 6-1 drubbing of Falmouth Academy on Monday night.

The Crusaders have outscored opponents 33-5 during the five-game win streak, with the only close game coming in a 2-1 victory over Mayflower League rival Upper Cape Tech on Thursday.

“We are on a roll right now,” Cape Tech coach Ivan Popov said after the win at Upper Cape Tech. “My team has impressed me with their work ethic. They play as a team and they support each other and help each other. I’m really happy and proud of the way they played.”

Cape Tech (5-2) snapped its losing skid and started its win streak Sept. 19, when it earned a 6-3 road victory at Cape Cod Academy. The Crusaders lit up the scoreboard in an 11-0 win over Bristol Aggie the very next day before blanking Norfolk Aggie 8-0 on Sept. 27.

The team came back to earth for the one-goal game against Upper Cape before unloading another scoring spree on Falmouth Academy.

“As long as we keep feeding each other the ball, we’re going to keep scoring and keep winning,” said junior striker Jace Clady, a Yarmouth resident.

On Thursday, it was two perfectly-placed crosses by senior Lucas Gurski that helped Cape Tech upend its rivals. Gurski helped give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead midway through the first half when he launched a free kick into the box from about 40 yards out.

Fellow senior Jacob Gardiner found an opening at Upper Cape’s far post where he waited underneath the ball. When it finally came, Gardiner jumped and kicked the ball in mid-air to give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead with the highlight-reel goal.

“Lucas is a good free kick taker,” said Gardiner, a South Yarmouth resident. “I timed my run perfectly and then he put that ball perfectly at the back post so I could finish it with a volley.”

The pair of seniors nearly connected for another goal off a corner kick during the second half, though an Upper Cape defender ended up kicking the ball into the net while trying to keep Gardiner from fielding Gurski’s crossing pass.

Popov said he was especially impressed with Gardiner, who he said “stepped up his game” while playing three different positions during the victory.

The senior played some defense, some midfield and some wing.

“I’ve been playing soccer for my whole life, so I’m kind of used to it,” Gardiner said. “But it’s different because on defense you’re watching every move, midfield you have to make those runs when there’s plays, and then playing wing, you have to stay outside and see if anyone is there to cross it in.”

Gurski, a Hyannis resident, said he feels the team is well-rounded and possesses talent at each level of the field, beginning with junior goalkeeper Fabricio Camero and extending to Clady at striker.

“Our defense is solid, I feel like our midfield is the best that we’ve had in years, and we’ve got Jace up there,” he said. “He’s probably the most talented striker I’ve ever played with.”

As lopsided as the results have been during the team’s recent win streak, Clady said the Crusaders can’t get complacent.

“It sure does boost our confidence, but we’ll let it get to our heads and we think like it’s going to be like that for every team,” he said. “We need to stay on the next game.”

Popov said that’s the plan and that the team will try to maintain its success throughout the remainder of the season.

“We’re playing great at the moment, so we’ll try to keep going forward,” the coach said.


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