Sandwich Knights Defeat D-Y Celtic Move On To Soccer Finals

Nick Cotter drives down the right side and fires off a shot on goal in the opening half of the August 6 match with D-Y Celtic.
DAN CROWLEY/ENTERPRISE - Nick Cotter drives down the right side and fires off a shot on goal in the opening half of the August 6 match with D-Y Celtic.

The second round of the Cape Cod Amateur Soccer League playoffs brought fourth-seeded D-Y Celtic (8-6-1) to Sandwich High School Wednesday night for a matchup with the top-seeded Knights (14-1-1). Sandwich’s Nick Cotter scored on a breakaway down the left side one minute into the fourth overtime, giving Sandwich a 2-1 victory in a golden goal situation.

The Knights move on to face second-seeded Nauset Sunday, August 10, at 5 PM at Cape Cod Tech in Harwich for the league championship. The Nauset Storm prevailed over Falmouth United 4-1 in the other league semifinal.

D-Y scored the first goal of the game in the 14th minute, on a breakaway that escaped the dive of Sandwich keeper Jason Katz and found the far post. The Knights got off to a slow start. Sandwich had some chances, but it wasn’t until the 39th minute that Paul Alvarenga landed the equalizer, when he drilled a high cross from Tim Parsons into the back of the Celtic net.

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After a physical first half the score stood at 1-1. The second half saw the game deteriorate into a whistle-plagued foul fest as the officials lost control of the proceedings.

The playoffs opened Sunday night at Sandwich High School with the top-ranked Knights hosting the eighth-seeded Bass River Strikers. It took just 10 minutes for Sandwich to score what turned out to be the only goal that they would need as Tim Parsons raced down the right side with two defenders in tow and fired a rocket inside the far post of the Bass River net for a 1-0 lead.

The Knights moved the ball well and kept the action mostly in the Strikers end throughout the opening half. Nick Cotter set up Parsons for a shot in the early going and Matt Larson and Paul Alvarenga each had chances, with Larson’s a sliding shot from the top of the box that the B-R keeper knocked down.

Sandwich continued to apply first-half pressure with Ben Cabault nearly knocking home a corner shot by JD Drumm. In the 24th minute Connor O’Brien slammed a shot off the crossbar that rebounded to Cotter for a second chance, but Cotter’s shot slipped just wide of the net.

In the 31st minute the Knights took a 2-0 lead when Peter Alvarenga took a pass from Cotter at the 18-yard line and drilled the back of the net.

At the far end of the field Sandwich keeper Jason Katz made a couple of early saves, but the defense of Austin Haygood, Brian German, Larson, Jake Hyland and Clabault didn’t allow the Strikers to get anything going.

Sandwich continued its quick, aggressive ball movement in the second half with a pretty pass from Drumm down the right side that landed at the feet of Parsons in full stride. Parsons’ shot spun wide, but Cotter jumped on the ball and forced the B-R keeper to make a diving stop.

Haygood then set up Parsons with a long pass that the Sandwich striker gathered in on the run, but the shot was blocked.
In the 15th minute of the second half the Knights increased their lead to 3-0 when Kevin Greene hammered a shot off the post and then collected the rebound and put it away. Four minutes later Parsons hit his second of the night.

Peter Alvarenga, O’Brien and Sawyer Fleck all had solid scoring chances down the stretch for the Knights.

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