Falmouth Women's Depth Big Factor In Soccer Victory
By: MADDIE SCAVOTTO, July 24, 2014
Superior depth proved to be a major factor for the Falmouth women on Tuesday night as they hosted Orleans with second place in the standings of the Cape Cod Women’s Soccer League on the line. Orleans came to the Upper Cape with just 10 players, and were worn down by Falmouth as the home team jumped over their visitors in the standings with a 2-0 win. Falmouth is now 6-3-1 overall (19 points) for the year, while Orleans fell to 6-4.
Falmouth, with more than a half dozen subs on the bench, was consistently able to substitute for fresh legs up front. As a result, Falmouth’s strikers and midfielders put consistent pressure on Orleans’ backs. Their first goal came from a combination play that started around the midfield. Rachel Gilbert headed the ball to her sister, Greer, who carried it down the left side of the field. Greer found Kate Levy inside of the box, who put it past the goalie with a well-placed shot to the side of the net.
Orleans possessed the ball well in their own half, but faced high pressure from Falmouth’s backs at the midfield. When they did get opportunities to cross the ball, Orleans had no attackers in the box to put it away. Orleans’ best chances came when they could get numbers up during corner kicks.
Late in the first half, Falmouth earned its second goal of the match. This time, Greer Gilbert took the ball herself. From the left side of the box, Greer dribbled past two defenders with speed and put the ball in the low, right corner.
Although Orleans was down a player, Falmouth was composed and did well to control the middle of the field. Tab Cardeiro provided support on both sides of the field for Falmouth, and was quick to step to Orleans players with the ball. Head coach Sam Mueller was pleased with the aggressive way her team played for the majority of the match. “We did have one extra player, but we played solid in the midfield. When we started winning balls in the midfield we got the momentum going offensively.”
In the second half, Falmouth continued to pressure throughout their attack. A goal post and some unlucky bounces kept Falmouth from increasing their lead. Although Rachel Gilbert didn’t find the back of the net during the match, she was a force for Falmouth’s offense. “She puts a lot of pressure on them, which is frustrating (for them), and then it gives us time to get up there and support her,” said coach Mueller.
Orleans grew more tired as the half continued, but was able, however, to put some long balls and high shots on net to test Falmouth’s keeper, Cameran Meyers. Coach Mueller commented on the play of Meyers, saying “She’s really solid.... She always seems to know where to be, she anticipates well, and there’s no real hesitation whether she should come out or not.” Tuesday’s game was Meyers’s sixth shutout of a strong season so far.