The Atlantic Coast League Boys soccer championship has been owned by Sandwich High School for the last four years. And Thursday, in Falmouth, the school maintained its monopoly in 4-0 win over the Clippers for its fifth straight title.
Despite being down two starters on defense, the third-ranked Blue Knights played like a well-oiled machine and pushed a tight, 1-0 halftime lead, into a dominant victory.
“They stayed with us in the first half,” said Sandwich head coach Ted Tedeschi. “But we passed the ball well and that allowed us to dominate in the second.”
Sandwich’s offense was led by their two-headed attack of juniors Peter Alvarenga (hat trick, assist) and Dallas Donovan (goal). Both players have tallied 16 goals apiece on the season.
“They are like partners-in-crime out there,” stated Tedeschi. “They’ve been starting together since their freshman year and they just keep getting better. It’s amazing to think that we will have them around for one more year.”
Keeper Kyle Van Cleef notched his second shutout in as many games after returning from an injury that kept him out for three weeks. It was Van Cleef’s eighth shutout on the season.
“He played a great game back there,” said Tedeschi, “Kyle had a good positional game in net, much like he did against Nauset on Tuesday.”
The Blue Knights’ defense also had a solid outing with standout performances by James Doleman, Austin Haygood, Robbie Walker and Ben Herndon, said Tedeschi.
Thursday’s win helped Sandwich clinch its seventh ACL crown in the last nine seasons.
“At the start of the season I had a feeling that this team could be even stronger than last year’s squad,” said Tedeschi. “We were more explosive this year and we passed the ball much crisper and more efficiently. It truly is our forte.”
The Blue Knights have outscored their last four opponents by an astonishing 23-2 margin and they improved to 12-0-2 on the season with three regular season games let on the docket.
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