Blue Knights Capture ACL Crown
Sandwich - The Sandwich High School boys varsity soccer team battled Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School to a 1-1 deadlock in action Tuesday afternoon. With the tie, the host Blue Knights clinched the Atlantic Coast League title. Both teams have already secured MIAA South Sectional tournament berths.
Sandwich started strong, attacking the D-Y net early. But an early breakaway by the Dolphins allowed D-Y striker Luis Mattos a clean shot on goal. Sandwich goalkeeper Liam Bokanovich stopped the initial shot, but could not hold onto the ball which was tapped in by Luis. Luis was injured moments later in a mid-field collision and stayed out of the game until the final minutes.
Sandwich kept the pressure on and at 19:13 in the 1st period, forward Andrew Scalera, on an assist from Kevin Flannigan, scored for the Blue Knights, tying the contest at one goal apiece.
The Scalera score would prove to be the last for both squads as the two ACL rivals fought each other for control during the remainder of the game. Sandwich came on strong with seven 1st period shots on goal, but could only muster one in the 2nd. D-Y made their only 1st period shot on goal count with the Luis score, and came back in the 2nd with three shots, all handled by Bokanovich.
D-Y goaltender Corey Barbo was on his game, making many acrobatic saves on shots and near-misses. Mid-fielder Andy Tucker and winger Silas Filho gave strong efforts for the Dolphins. Sandwich had stellar games from Adam Sholi, Ben Gould, and Bryan German.
The tie brings Sandwich's record to 10-1-3 overall, 10-1-1 in the ACL. D-Y goes to 9-4-2 overall, and 7-3-2 in the ACL.
(text and photos/Daniel W.Webb)