Photography by David Creed
The Whaler field hockey team tied the Monomoy Sharks Friday afternoon 1-1 after Caroline Allen scored off a corner shot opportunity that Nantucket was granted after time expired.
Monomoy, one of Div. 4’s top teams, left the field stunned after Nantucket, the 19th ranked team in Div. 4, was able to come out of this game with anything other than a loss. The Sharks beat the Whalers 7-0 earlier in the season (game was eventually forfeited after Monomoy used an ineligible player). Monomoy came into the game ranked 4th in the MIAA State Tournament bracket with a 9-4-4 record.
That record is now 9-4-5, while the Whalers are now 7-7-2 and will hope to move up a spot or two from their current position.
“I thought that was the 60 minute game we were looking for,” head coach Dan Weber said. “I know it is a tie, and we would like to get a win, but I thought that was as close to a perfect game as we could play. We were on it from the second the ball tipped off at the beginning to the goal at the end.”
Monomoy and Nantucket were in a scoreless tie for most of the first half until the Sharks scored with 3:38 to go.
The Whalers had to survive several strong rushes by the Sharks, but their defense led by freshman Shelbi Harimon in net was able to keep the Sharks lead at one to give Nantucket that chance at the end to walk off the field with a tie.
Weber said he felt this was a result his team was building toward after two strong performances against DY (2-0 loss) and Falmouth (3-0 loss) earlier in the week. Nantucket was very much in both of those games, but were unable to stay within striking distance.
Weber said he believes his players are beginning to develop confidence in their abilities, which has led to this much improved play on the field and in the box score.
The Whalers travel to Martha’s Vineyard tomorrow for a 10:30 a.m. game.
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