The Sandwich Knights (5-0) have one of the most potent offenses in the Cape Cod Amateur Soccer League, having scored 21 goals in their first five matches. Wednesday night, June 25, the Falmouth Tide (0-4-1) gave Sandwich plenty to think about as they fought the Knights to a 1-1 tie at the end of the first half. Sandwich righted the ship in the second half and scored two more time to win 3-1, but at no time was the lead comfortable.
Sandwich opened the scoring in the sixth minute as Tim Parsons lofted a perfect cross from the right side to Peter Alvarenga, charging hard up the middle. Alvarenga connected with the ball at full tilt at the top of the box and blasted a shot past Tide keeper Colin Neri. Nine minutes later regular keeper Mike Phelan arrived and took over the keeper duties for Falmouth.
Pat Horgan had a nice scoring chance for the Tide in the 26th minute in a scramble in front of the Sandwich net, but his shot went high. Three minutes later Neri, having been relieved from his keeper duties, scored off a diving header from the right side that flew past Sandwich keeper Jason Katz.
After playing an even opening half, Sandwich picked up the pace early in the second. The Knights had a penalty kick two minutes into the second spin wide. Two minutes after that Parsons connected with a ball from Matt Larson, but Phelan blocked it.
Seven minutes into the second half the Knights took the lead when Alvarenga launched a cross to Nick Cotter from right to left down low and Cotter redirected the ball on the fly into the Falmouth net. Alvarenga nearly picked up his second goal later from just to the right of the net, but a beautiful sliding block by Falmouth’s Tevin Crocker knocked the ball away.
Sandwich took a 3-1 lead 34 minutes into the second half when Parsons ran under a pass and outraced the Tide defense. He took on Phelan 1-on-1 leaving the Falmouth keeper little chance of making the save.
Sunday the Knights knocked off the Bass River Strikers (0-4) by a score of 3-0. After playing to a scoreless tie in the first half, the Knights opened up in the second with Alvarenga, Parsons and Corey Barbo each tallying.
Alvarenga assisted on the other two goals.
Sandwich will host Dennis-Yarmouth Celtic (5-0) Sunday at Sandwich High School, as the two top teams in the CCASL battle in what could be a postseason preview beginning at 6 PM.
D-Y defeated the Falmouth Tide last Sunday by a score of 9-1.