Cape Tech Set For Vocational Test Ahead of State Tournament

By: Brad Joyal

Topics: School Sports , Cape Cod Tech , Soccer

Cape Tech senior Lucas Gurski reacts after scoring his second goal against Monomoy. BRAD JOYAL PHOTO

HARWICH — The Cape Cod Tech boys soccer team wasn’t happy at the end of its 5-3 loss to Monomoy on Thursday. Although the players were unsatisfied with the result, Crusaders coach Ivan Popov said there is still plenty for the team to be excited about.

The team’s 13-3-2 regular season mark earned it a spot in the state’s vocational tournament semifinals against Westfield Tech at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Cape Tech.

“The mood is high. They’re not happy that we lost on senior night, but we’re still looking forward to our tournament,” Popov said. “We’ll be in the vocational semifinals on Wednesday against Westfield and if we win, we’ll play in the final.”

Popov wasn’t sure who the Crusaders would play in a potential voke championship, nor where the game would be played, but he said having the opportunity to play in a tournament setting this week should prepare the team for the MIAA state tournament.

“It’s another test before the tournament and we’re also looking forward to winning if possible,” Popov said. “I think the chances are high that we can win if we play well, like we did against Atlantis Charter.”

Cape Tech was ranked No. 35 in the Oct. 28 Division 5 power rankings before it closed out the regular season Monday with a 2-2 tie against South Shore Tech.

Even though the team dropped its game against rival Monomoy, it was still a celebratory day for the team’s seniors — Jason Neira, Jacob Gardiner, Lucas Gurski, Andrew Montero, Ethan Lopez and Jeffrey Deoliveira.

“They’ve meant a lot,” Popov said of the seniors’ impact to the program. “I had these guys for four years, they grew up in front of my eyes and really turned into good players and human beings and great citizens. I’m really proud of them and I can’t express my gratitude about how happy I am to work with them and see them grow.”

Thursday’s Monomoy loss was the first Cape Tech suffered since Sept. 12. The Crusaders dropped a 2-1 decision at Monomoy to open the season and then fell to Atlantis Charter 4-0 three days later.

From that point, however, the team went 13-0-1 until it got another shot at Monomoy, which secured a Division 4 state tournament berth. The rematch with the Sharks didn’t go how the Crusaders had hoped it would, but Popov was still pleased with the sportsmanship he saw from the rivals.

“Monomoy had a very good game,” he said. “They really had good sportsmanship and I’m really happy both teams showed good sportsmanship and everything ended well for both teams.”

Stay tuned for for updates about the state tournament seedings and bracket information. Soccer brackets are scheduled to be released Wednesday afternoon.

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