Sandwich Women's Soccer Battles To A Tie With Orleans
By: DAN CROWLEY, July 31, 2014
The regular season ended for the Sandwich women’s soccer team with a 2-2 tie Tuesday night against Orleans (6-5-2) at Eldredge Park. Orleans took an early 2-0 lead, but Sandwich came back to cut the lead to 2-1 at the half. In the 23rd minute of the second half Sandwich (3-7-3) tied the score and while both sides had chances down the stretch, the match remained deadlocked to the whistle.
Sandwich opened the match with some early pressure. Lia Wilcox launched a nice cross from the left side and Monique Williams and Nicole Bergeron banged away out in front, but the Orleans keeper blocked the ball. In the 14th minute Orleans scored its first of the night on a run down the left side and a shot from about 20 yards out that caught the inside of the far post. Sandwich keeper Erin Hurley knocked down another Orleans bid three minutes later.
The hosts scored a second time in the 22nd minute on a long pass over the heads of the defense. Hurley blocked the first shot, but the rebound shot right back to the Orleans player who got off a second shot that was just outside the reach of the Sandwich keeper.
Kara Moffa sent a cross from right to left of Courtney Muttart a minute later in front of the Orleans net, that the keeper snatched away. In the 25th minute Sandwich scored its first of the night as Megan Congro found Muttart up front with a pass. Muttart fought off a couple of defenders and found some shooting space, beating the Orleans keeper and making the score 2-1.
Allie Lizotte made a great run down the left side, with the Orleans defense in pursuit and lifted a cross out front to Muttart, but again the Orleans keeper was ready for the ball.
Williams slammed a shot off the crossbar and Anna Gannett had a quick turn and shoot chance in the final minutes of the half.
Both sides had some scoring opportunities to open the second half, with Hurley making a nice save in net. Lia Wilcox had a good shot from just inside the 18-yard line and a little later another off a setup by Congro. A minute after Lia Wilcox’s bid Muttart turned on the jets as she caught up to a pass from Gannett and outraced the Orleans defense Crossing the 18-yard line with two defenders on her heels, Muttart made a move to her right when the keeper came out of the net and cut back, leaving herself an open net and scoring the second Sandwich goal.
Hurley made a nice two-handed diving save to her left four minutes later. Williams had a scoring chance from the left side and Moffa got off a shot from the right side in the final minutes. Both keepers ended the second as they had begun, making a couple of saves each.
Defensively, in front of Hurley, Paige Wilcox, Liz Fulp and Jessie and Allie Lizotte combined to turned back the Orleans offense, especially during the final minutes of the match. The Sandwich midfield did a nice job in transition, with Gannett, Congro, Bergeron and Lia Wilcox feeding the front line. Up front Muttart, Moffa, Lia Wilcox, Bergeron and Lauren Thompson used their speed well in getting a step on the Orleans defenders, working the ball around well, creating scoring opportunities.
Sandwich opens the Cape Cod Women’s Soccer League playoffs today, July 31, against Orleans at Eldredge Park.