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Varsity Keeper - Sandwich Blue Knights - 2017

Will Russell 

Klaiber Scores Twice In Win Over Falmouth

Oct 12, 2016
Sandwich and Falmouth played an extremely evenly matched, albeit chippy, contest at Fred Toran Field on Wednesday afternoon, October 12. In the end, an early second half outburst from the Knights, which saw them score two goals in five minutes, proved to be the difference.

The Sandwich boys’ soccer team got two from Dylan Klaiber that made all the difference as they beat the Clippers in Falmouth, 3-2. Sandwic
h moved closer to qualifying for the MIAA state tournament with the hard-fought win, improving to 7-3-1 overall on the season. The Clippers saw their two-game win streak snapped as they fell to 2-9 overall.

Klaiber scored twice in the first few minutes of the second half to break a 1-1 tie and give his team the lead. He got the go-ahead goal in the 41st minute off a feed from Ryan Beaton. The same duo got together for another goal in the 46th minute to put the visitors in the driver’s seat.

Sandwich remained in that position until late in the game, when things began to get bumpy behind that wheel. A great shot by Cody Bellec, who bounced off a hip check to sneak one through traffic, made it a 3-2 game in the 63rd minute. Falmouth tried to push up the field to grab the equalizer, but the Sandwich defense, led by fullback Daniel Murphy, held on to preserve the lead.

Both teams had scored in the first half. Sandwich struck first when Beaton put one behind Falmouth goalie Zach Bowerman in the 24th minute to stake the Knights to a 1-0 advantage. Falmouth got that one back five minutes later when Chris Parkinson cashed in an assist from Nate Evans to knot the score at 1-1, which is where it stood at the intermission.

Steve Tanguilig took a cross from Klaiber in the 14th minute of Friday night’s boys’ soccer match, October 7, and, charging in hard on net, made a beautiful play, driving home the only goal the Blue Knights would need in their 2-0 victory over Marshfield at DeConto Stadium.

The Knights kept the pressure on the Rams, forcing MHS keeper Colby Webber to make four saves in the opening half. Klaiber was back at the Marshfield net a minute after Tanguilig’s goal with a blast up close that Webber parried. Klaiber had two more early chances; one slipped wide, while Webber knocked the other down.

Will Russell made two stops in the first half in the net for Sandwich and made a pretty slide to his right, breaking up a play before the Rams could get off the shot in the 30th minute. Josh MacLeod finished off the opening half with a ball that just missed high, leaving the Knights with a 1-0 lead at the break.

The Rams had fought to hold off Klaiber’s side runs in the first half and that’s what got them nine minutes into the second as Klaiber broke free on a run down the right side and lifted a pretty cross to Ryan Beaton, who was positioned perfectly in front of the Marshfield net to receive the ball, slamming his shot past Webber for a 2-0 SHS lead.

The Rams came as close as they would throughout the match to scoring in the 14th minute of the second half when they fired a hard shot that hit the crossbar and bounced over the net.

Robert Abbott and Nick Carr were solid defensively, especially in the second half as Marshfield picked up the intensity. The Blue Knight midfield of Robbie Anderson, Dylan DeBettencourt, MacLeod and Matt Serdy did a very nice job in transition and keeping the ball in the Sandwich offensive end. Murphy and Robbie Haggerty both played very well at their defensive midfield positions and
Russell picked up the win in net making three saves.

Senior Leadership Highlights Blue Knight Boys' Soccer

Sep 2, 2016.

​All the pieces are there along with the chemistry and leadership. This fall the Sandwich Blue Knight boys’ soccer team has all the ingredients for a trip to the postseason, but they know that a lot of hard work lies ahead in the always-tough Atlantic Coast League.

“We’ll have a deep team this year, with a strong sophomore group and a lot of options,” coach Alfredo Alvarenga said. “We will compete and we want to make the tournament.”

The Knights will be led by a trio of senior captains in cornerback Rob Abbott, striker Ryan Beaton and midfielder Josh MacLeod.

“They are good leaders,” coach Alvarenga said. “They are smart players. Ryan is very involved with everybody on the field and has good leadership skills,and Rob is also a good communicator. Josh pairs well with Dylan DeBettencourt up the middle. Together they are a force and complement each other very well.”

Junior Robert Anderson joins MacLeod and DeBettencourt rounding out the veteran starting midfield for the Knights.

Nick Pannoni, Chris Tzimorangas and Vincent Tanguilig round out the complement of seniors giving Sandwich a veteran presence.

Junior Dylan Klaiber brings a boatload of versatility to the team.

“Dylan can play any position,” the coach said. “He is a tough player, a smart player, technically gifted and deceptively fast.”

A strong sophomore contingent is knocking on the varsity door this fall, and many of the younger players could see some valuable minutes of play.

“The sophomores are challenging for spots,” Alvarenga said. “Inside midfielder Matt Serdy has a strong soccer IQ, and then there are Kyle Beaton, Jason McMahon, Steve Tanguilig, Robert Haggerty and Michael Vaudo. This group can move the ball. They’re all very smart.”

The team is also expecting good things from Nick Carr, who brings size and athleticism to the cornerback spot.

“Carr should be seeing a lot of time,” the coach said. “He’ll be in a leadership position and he’ll be good at that.”

In goal this fall, junior Will Russell will be getting the start.

“Will played the final three games of last season for the varsity team,” the coach said, “and he did well. We’re planning to put a strong defense in front of him.”

Beginning their second season at the head of Sandwich High soccer, coach Alvarenga and his staff are continuing to put their imprint on the program. Once again this fall, Alvarenga will be assisted by junior varsity coach and Blue Knight alumni JD Drumm. The SHS freshman program will be coached by Mike Diefendorf.

“I’m really excited about the upcoming season,” the coach said. “We have a great mix of players who will bring continuity to the program. We have veteran players and a young group fighting for spots. We have more work to do, but we’ll be ready. We have the ability.”

Beaton's three goals leads Sandwich boys to win

Oct 14, 2016 

Ryan Beaton scored a hat trick to lead the Blue Knights over the Dolphins, 4-0, in East Sandwich.

Beaton got all the offense goalie Will Russell would need in the 19th minute, finishing off a Dylan DeBettencourt assist.

Josh MacLeod doubled the lead 25 minutes into the second half on Dylan Klaiber’s first assist. Beaton got his second goal seven minutes later on Klaiber’s second assist, finishing his hat trick two minutes later on an assist from Robert Anderson.

Russell was strong all game for Sandwich (8-3-1, 5-1-1 Atlantic Coast League), earning his third shutout.

Strong Performance By Russell In Soccer Loss To Nauset


The undefeated, unscored upon Nauset boys’ soccer team faced the Blue Knights 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.Type your paragraph here.

​​Boys' Soccer Ends In A Tie With D-Y

Sep 30, 2016
A penalty kick in the 26th minute of the second half by Dennis-Yarmouth tied the match at 2-2 Wednesday, September 28. The Blue Knights battled for the final 14 minutes but could not regain the lead, settling for a tie with the Dolphins.

Sandwich opened the scoring in the 24th minute when Dylan Klaiber scored off a corner kick. D-Y landed the equalizer seven minutes later, but two minutes before the break the Knights came back when Tommy Hayes set up Steve Tanguilig giving Sandwich a 2-1 advantage at the half.

Victor Viana landed the equalizer on the PK for the 2-2 final.

Will Russell played well in goal for the Blue Knights.

Sandwich defeated Falmouth 3-2 on Friday, September 23. With the score tied in the final minutes, Steve Tanguilig delivered on a free kick that deflected past the FHS keeper to seal the win.

Klaiber gave the Knights the lead early in the first half with Josh MacLeod picking up the assist. Tanguilig added the second Sandwich goal with Klaiber assisting. Falmouth tied the match 12 minutes into the second half.

Russell once again came up big in net for the Knights.

The Blue Knights (5-2-1, 2-0-1 ACL) head for Barnstable Saturday, October 1, for a 6 PM match with the Red Raiders.

Unbeaten Nauset advances in tourney with 20th consecutive win

" 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.

Sandwich 3, Monomoy 0

Oct 15. 2016

Robbie Anderson had two assists while three different Blue Knights scored in a non-league win over the Sharks in Harwich.

Dylan DeBettencourt got Sandwich (9-3-1) on track with a goal in the 13th minute. Josh MacLeod doubled the lead 13 minutes later on Anderson’s first assist as the Blue Knights took a 2-0 lead to the half.

Ryan Beaton needed just four minutes in the second half to put Sandwich on top 3-0.

Henry Watson and Ted Clifford each played a strong half in net for Monomoy (8-2-1).

Will Russell earned his fourth shutout in net for the Blue Knights.

Sandwich travels to Hyannis to face Barnstable on Monday while the Sharks host Nantucket on Tuesday.

Sandwich Blue Knight Boys' Soccer Beats Marshfield

Sep 23, 2016
Dylan Klaiber put the Blue Knights on the scoreboard and Ryan Beaton put Sandwich in the win column Wednesday, September 21, as the boys’ soccer team posted a 3-2 victory at Marshfield.

Klaiber got things going 7:30 into the opening half with an unassisted effort to give the Knights a 1-0 lead. At the 12:55 mark Beaton struck with the first of his two goals on the afternoon, with Josh MacLeod on the helper. Marshfield’s Jack Hirschfield got one back for the Rams 20:55 into the first to make the score 2-1 at the break.

Hirschfield was back 12:30 into the second half with his second of the afternoon, tying the match at 2-2. Beaton broke the tie in the 24th minute of the second half when he teamed up with MacLeod for a second strike and what turned out to be the winning goal.

“Josh MacLeod, Dylan DeBettencourt and Robert Anderson controlled the midfield for Sandwich and got great support from Dylan Klaiber, Steve Tanguilig and Vincent Tanguilig on the wings,” coach Alfredo Alvarenga said. “Ryan Beaton worked exhaustively as the reference for the team in the striker role. Jason McMahon, Matt Serdy, Kyle Beaton, Nick Pannoni and Chris Tzimorangas made Sandwich’s substitutions seamless and contributed greatly to the team’s performance. Dan Murphy, Nick Carr, Robert Abbott, Chris Tzimorangas and Robert Anderson were strong on defense. Will Russell was once again a guarantee between the sticks.”

The Knights suffered a 1-0 setback on Saturday, September 17, against Catholic Central. Zachary Acciardo scored at minute 23 of the first half with the game’s only goal.

“We dominated possession in both halves and created clear scoring opportunities but could not put the ball in the net,” the coach said. “Catholic Central sat back in the second half and played counter-attack. Josh MacLeod, Dylan DeBettencourt and Robert Anderson were dominant in midfield. Will Russell played well between the sticks and Robert Abbott, Nick Carr, Chris Tzimorangas, Robert Haggerty, and Daniel Murphy were solid on defense.”