Falmouth United Soccer Shuts Down Strikers

Falmouth United’s Brendan Mingles tangles with a defender from the Bass Strikers in the July 9 match at Trotting Park.DON PARKINSON/ENTERPRISE - Falmouth United’s Brendan Mingles tangles with a defender from the Bass Strikers in the July 9 match at Trotting Park.

Soccer on Wednesday, July 9, at Trotting Park showcased Falmouth’s creative offense and strong defensive unit. Facing tough competition through the middle, Falmouth United worked the ball well outside and created scoring opportunities from long crosses while defeating the Bass Strikers 3-0.

Consistently involved in Falmouth’s attack was midfielder Nathan Estrella. Estrella was an outlet for the defense and was essential in moving the ball to Falmouth’s forwards. His “give-and-gos” along the sideline created space around the Strikers’ tight middle and opened up the final third of the field.

Falmouth’s first goal came late in the first half off of quality play from Falmouth’s forwards. Ian Cicalis received the ball in the right side of the box and one-touched it across the goal mouth. Romeo Grey was there to direct it down and into the corner of the net.

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Grey returned the favor midway through the second half with a well-placed cross of his own. He found an open Cicalis inside the 18-yard line. Cicalis skillfully played the ball around the keeper and into the right side of the net to put Falmouth up 2-0.

Cicalis and Grey don’t usually play up front together, though it was hard to tell. Their chemistry was impressive.

“They played well together, Romeo is a speedster and he set Ian up very well for his goal,” head coach Abdul Faiky said.

Also involved in the attack was Falmouth’s Justin Mendez. With about 20 minutes to play in the match, a long ball split two of the Strikers’ defensemen, leaving Mendez alone with a clear shot to goal. Mendez buried the ball far post for Falmouth’s third and final goal of the match. Falmouth had a few more quality chances in the half, but the Bass Strikers’ keeper made several difficult stops.

On the other end of the field, Falmouth’s defense played the ball well in the air and fought off the Bass Strikers’ quick forwards.

Faiky was pleased with the way his back line deterred the Strikers’ opportunities. He especially commended the solid play of center backs Nate Peterson and Brandon Denneen, who made sure Falmouth’s keeper had a fairly easy night.

Falmouth’s communication was also apparent during the match. All over the field, players constantly talked to their teammates and created a connection that augmented their success.

“We like to talk, we like to move the ball, we like to possess it. Even though some of these guys aren’t really playing together that much they know the game and they know what they need to do,” Faiky said.

Falmouth United returns to action on Sunday, July 13,  at Wellfleet, then is back home at Trotting Park on Wednesday, July 16, when it will host the Sandwich Knights at 6 PM.

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