EASTHAM — The Nauset girls and boys soccer teams both were defeated in the Round of 32 of the MIAA Division 3 State Tournament on Saturday, while the football team picked up its second win in a nonplayoff game, beating Oliver Ames 35-7 last Thursday. Junior Isaiah Robinson caught two touchdown passes from Brendan Peno and returned an interception for a third touchtown.
After a quick three and out by Oliver Ames to open the contest, the Warriors needed just three plays to put senior running back Logan Daniels Julien into the end zone. Nauset built its lead to 14-0 when sophomore quarterback Peno connected with junior Owen White for a 7-yard touchdown pass and then made the two-point conversion.
Robinson hauled in a 33-yard touchdown pass from Peno to make it 21-0 in the first of his two highlight-reel plays of the game. He then picked off a pass and ran it back 39 yards to enable the Warriors to extend the lead to 35-0. Oliver Ames eventually found the end zone to avoid a shutout.
The football Warriors, who are now 2-6 on the season, will travel to Apponequet Regional High School in Lakeville for a game on Friday.
On the golf course, meanwhile, senior Sean Kipperman, junior Jack Martin, and sophomore Max St. Aubin were all named Cape & Islands League all-stars. Sophomore Zach Weiner got an honorable mention, while Nauset was selected as the league’s sportsmanship award winner.
Martin was coming off a solo third-place finish with a 4-over 74 at the MIAA Division 2 State Championship at Thorny Lea Golf Club on Oct. 31. Martin finished tied for 15th and tied for 11th in 2021 and 2022, respectively; he was in contention all day, even after a triple bogey 7 on the 12th hole. He sank a birdie on the 17th to break out of a four-way tie.
Girls Soccer Falls to Auburn
The no. 20-ranked girls soccer team saw its season come to an end against No. 13 Auburn High School in heartbreaking fashion, losing 2-1 on penalty kicks after having battled back to tie the game and send it into overtime.
Sophomore Zhunay Moulton put Auburn in the lead with four minutes to play when she turned her defender once and hit a left-footed shot from the edge of the box through the hands of the goalkeeper.
It looked like Moulton’s late goal would be decisive, but Nauset converted an innocuous free kick from 30 yards out, which senior Caroline Kennard sent to Olivia Avellar for a goal that drew the Warriors even only a minute after they had fallen behind.
Moulton had a chance to double her tally in the first period of extra time but sent a shot high over the bar of a gaping net.
Nauset’s Tess Williams saw her penalty kick saved by Auburn goalkeeper Kaite Valentine, who had converted her own spot kick, while Georgie Orlandella cleared the bar in the shootout, before junior Molly Hilditch scored the decisive goal.
Auburn advanced to a matchup with No. 4 Norwell in the Round of 16.
The Warriors ended the year with a 12-3-4 record overall. Despite their exit in the state tournament, they secured a fourth straight Cape & Islands League Championship.
Belchertown Over Nauset Boys
No. 10 Nauset boys soccer team lost 2-1 at home to 23rd-ranked Belchertown on Saturday.
Belchertown scored both goals before halftime. Senior Devin Farrell pulled one back for Nauset from Riley Meehan’s free kick with 22 minutes left.
Senior Charlie Cushing had a chance late to draw the Warriors even from the spot, but he couldn’t get his penalty kick into the net.
Belchertown advanced to play No. 26 Dighton-Rehoboth in the Round of 16 on Wednesday. Nauset, meanwhile, finished the season with an 11-2-6 record.
Friday, Nov. 10
Football: The Warriors are at Apponequet Regional High School for a non-qualifier second round game that kicks off at 3 p.m.