EASTHAM — It was a tough season for the Nauset Warriors football team. Like other teams, Nauset struggled to field enough players this fall. But on Friday, Nov. 5 it was Senior Night, and the Warriors celebrated three seniors before their game against the Carver Crusaders.
Seniors Chad Caramanna, Ashton Nichols, and James Souza walked onto the field with their families and coaches and stood for photos as the team and its fans recognized their hard work.
Nauset lost the game 35-14 and the season record stands at 1-5. The team will play its final game — and first Thanksgiving Day game at home since 2019 — against Dennis-Yarmouth in two weeks.
It was a battle of “warriors” when the Nauset boys soccer team played its first-round playoff match in the Division 2 state tournament on Saturday, Nov. 6. The Nauset Warriors eked out a 2-1 victory over the Wakefield Warriors.
Nauset isn’t used to being tested in the first round of the playoffs, but the team showed resilience after falling behind on Saturday. Wakefield scored the first goal off a penalty kick with 22:43 left in the first half.
But just a few minutes later, with 19 minutes left in the half, Nauset senior Pat Pinto scored off an assist from junior teammate Arlo Lawless to tie the game.
Lawless provided the game-winning goal when he scored off a corner kick with 34:30 left in the second half, and Nauset survived an unusually tight contest.
At press time, the Warriors were scheduled to face the Scituate Sailors on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. in the second round of 16 teams.
The Nauset girls soccer team suffered a double-overtime loss in its first-round playoff game on Thursday, Nov. 4. It was a back-and-forth battle with the North Middlesex Patriots. Nauset led 3-2 behind two goals from sophomore sensation Caroline Kennard and one goal from fellow sophomore Olivia Avellar. But late in the second half North Middlesex tied it at 3-3, forcing overtime.
The first extra period was scoreless, but the Nauset girls eventually gave up the deciding goal in the second overtime.
The girls field hockey team also lost its first-round playoff game in heartbreaking fashion to the Grafton Gators. The Warriors led 1-0 for most of the game until Grafton netted a late goal forcing the game into overtime, which ended with a 2-1 loss.