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Varsity Keeper - Sandwich Blue Knights - 2017
Strong Performance By Russell In Soccer Loss To Nauset
By DAN CROWLEY
The undefeated, unscored upon Nauset boys’ soccer team faced the Sandwich Tuesday night, October 4, at DeConto Stadium. For 69 minutes the two teams went at one another, playing top shelf, quality high school soccer. With 11 minutes remaining, the Warriors (9-0, 4-0 ACL) broke through the Sandwich (5-3-1, 2-1-1 ACL) defense with their first goal of the night. With two minutes left Nauset scored again, claiming a 2-0 victory remaining undefeated at 9-0.
The Warriors held a 5-1 edge in shots in the opening half. The Knights had almost as many chances, but had their bids for the net miss. Three minutes into the match Robbie Anderson fired a long ball at the Nauset net, but Warrior keeper Connor Canesi was able to block the shot. Steve Tanguilig came as close as possible without putting the ball in the net when he launched a direct shot from the right side from 25 yards out that began wide and bent in on goal, slamming off the top crossbar. Dylan Klaiber, Ryan Beaton and Dylan DeBettencourt put together a nice play with Klaiber launching a cross from right to left to Beaton, who quickly sent the ball to DeBettencourt, but the Warrior defense was on DeBettencourt before he could get off a shot.
The Warriors kept the Blue Knight defense on its toes in the early going. Robbie Haggerty knocked down a shot from Nauset’s Vance Bates in the eighth minute. Haggerty played very well, making two nice clears in the first 10 minutes of the match.
Nauset’s James McCully fired a couple of shots at the Sandwich net midway through the opening half. The first slipped to the right, but the second was dead on from 10 yards out. SHS keeper Will Russell knocked the ball down and then covered up the rebound in front of a host of black and gold jerseys.
DeBettencourt made a bid for the net from 25 yards that missed high. Nauset had two quick shots, the first from Andre Bois and the second off the foot of McCully that Russell stopped initially and then pounced on the rebound.
Anderson tried to sneak in a long ball over the defense, but Canesi saw it all the way, making the stop. Anderson had another chance with 3:25 left in the opener off a cross from Klaiber that slipped wide.
After 40 minutes of playoff intensity soccer, the two teams rejoined the battle in the second half with Nauset’s Hayden Yakola challenging Russell up close with a withering blast that the Sandwich keeper stopped by leaping to his left. McCully fired a ball at the SHS net in the 12th minute of the second half, with Russell making the prettiest save of the night, leaping for the ball, pushing it high and over the top of the net.
The Warriors kept the pressure on Russell, but the Blue Knights defense was on top of them all night. DeBettencourt had a chance in the 19th minute of the second half for the Knights, but fired wide right. Sandwich had some runs down the right sideline, but could not make the turn. Russell made another highlight reel save with 14:24 remaining when he came off his line and challenged Nauset to his right and made a two-handed punch save, sending the ball over the endline.
The Warriors broke the scoreless battle in the 69th minute of the second half when McCully pounced on the rebound of a shot by Jacob LaBranche and drilled the back of the Blue Knight net. Nauset took a 2-0 lead nine minutes later when McCully sent a long shot through a crowd from about 35 yards out that eluded the outstretched dive of Russell. The Sandwich keeper had a very good game, making 10 saves against a talented team that has scored 48 goals over nine matches.
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" Russell came up with upwards of 16 saves, almost all exciting enough to draw cheers from the Blue Knights fans. Jumps, dives, slides, sprints - Russell handled nearly everything the Warriors threw at him, the Blue Knights fans growing louder with each new save."
By Matt Goisman
NORTH EASTHAM - Sandwich certainly didn’t make things easy for the Nauset boys soccer team Tuesday.
Sandwich junior goalkeeper Will Russell made spectacular save after spectacular save, and Nauset’s defense had to withstand multiple attacks by a Sandwich squad undaunted by the Warriors’ perfect record of 19 straight shutout victories.
Nauset had to work for its win, so that’s exactly what it did.
James McCully scored a goal and had an assist to lead the top-seeded Warriors past the No. 8 Blue Knights, 3-0, in Tuesday’s Division 2 South quarterfinal.
Nauset (20-0-0) advanced to its first South semifinal since 2011. The Warriors will face either No. 12 Hingham or No. 13 Randolph, who face off today, at an as yet undetermined date.
Sandwich (12-6-1) was one of only three teams all year to hold Nauset to under three goals. The Warriors have outscored opponents 103-0 in 20 games, but Atlantic Coast League-rival Sandwich held Nauset to a 2-0 win on Oct. 4.
Nauset’s second game against Sandwich was a 6-0 win on Oct. 20.
“My only concern going into it is you’re playing a team for the third time,” Nauset coach John McCully said. “They know us better than anybody.”
James McCully scored his 35th goal of the season, four shy of the school record set by his father and coach John. His goal came in the 15th minute when senior captain Hayden Yakola fired from the right side of the goal.
Russell managed to deflect the shot, but the ball bounced to McCully for the easy finish in front.
“Hayden Yakola made a great run down the line,” James McCully said. “Great shot, great save by Will Russell of Sandwich, and I just happened to be in the right place, right time.”
Nauset went up 2-0 when Sandwich misplayed a service into the box by Curtis Moore, accidentally heading the ball past Russell for an own goal in the 22nd minute. McCully helped push the lead to three 10 minutes into the second half, breaking down the middle of the field before passing to Vance Bates, who chipped the ball over Russell, off the crossbar and in.
That’d be it for the scoring, as Russell came up with upwards of 16 saves, almost all exciting enough to draw cheers from the Blue Knights fans. Jumps, dives, slides, sprints - Russell handled nearly everything the Warriors threw at him, the Blue Knights fans growing louder with each new save.
Perhaps Russell’s best save came in the second half, when a Nauset cross caught him out of position but he was still able to dive backwards to deflect a header. The ball trickled dangerously close to the goal line, but Sandwich knocked it away.
“He makes tremendous saves and he’s been like that throughout the season,” Sandwich coach Alfredo Alvarenga said. “Just a great goalkeeper.”
A stellar performance in goal couldn’t translate on the opposite end. The Blue Knights managed just three shots on goal in the game, the Warriors clearing away almost every attack and successfully defending the few free kicks or corners Sandwich earned.
“They made us work harder, but when you’re up 2-0, they have nothing to lose,” John McCully said. “Give credit to their goalkeeper for keeping them in it, keeping them alive. Their goalkeeper gave them some hope, which is what good goalkeepers do.Type your paragraph here.
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