Mashpee Boys' Soccer Wins With A Little Help From Hull
By: Rich Maclone, September 27, 2013
With their offense having struggled early in the season, and the club still vying for its first win of the year, Mashpee Head Coach Ed Furtek bribed his boys’ soccer team with a pizza for whoever scored his team’s first goal against Hull High School on Tuesday.
The bribery worked, with Mashpee winning 2-1, and Furtek doesn’t have to pay off the bribe because, technically speaking, his team did not score in the game.
“Hull scored all three,” he said with a laugh.
Mashpee posted two goals on their side of the scoreboard, but they were both deemed own goals in the scorebook. Shots by the Falcons’ Mack Burton and Cameron Ferola both ricocheted off of Hull players and went into the net to allow the Falcons to net their goals.
“I told them that maybe the Hull guys would give them a piece of the pizza for the assists,” Furtek said. “Actually, they both assisted so I told them I’d buy them one to split."
Someone else that might want to get in on the pie served up by the coach is goaltender Connor Murphy, who “looked really good in the goal...he was sharp.” Murphy stopped 12 of the 13 Hull shots on net in the game to help his team pull out the win.
Mashpee got the first one, which was a bit of a controversial tally. The ball was crosed from the side for Burton, who stopped it with his body and believed that he had committed a hand ball violation. He kicked the ball towards the net, partly in frustration, but the referees never blew their whistles. The Hull defense attempted to play the ball and it went in off of the chest of one of the Pirates’ fullbacks, giving the Falcons a surprising 1-0 lead.
Hull came back to draw even, but luck was certainly on the Mashpee side on this day and it would benefit the visitors one more time on another play that looked bad to start, and ended beautifully.
Cameron Ferola came flying through the midfield and let one rip from 35-yards out. The path that the ball was on, Furtek said, certainly would have carried it up and over the net and out of bounds. However, after leaving the midfielder’s foot it caught the side of one of the Hull defender’s faces, changing the flight path in the process. Rather than taking a northern trajectory, the ball dipped and turned, finding the back of the Pirates goal for a 2-1 Mashpee lead.
“It was a strange game, the craziest things happened,” Furtek said. “It wasn’t just that, though. We put in some hard work. It was a hard-nosed, rough and tumble type of game. We earned the win.”
Furtek said that in the second half his team started to show more cohesion on the offensive side of the field and made some positive things happen. Ben Daigneault and Riley Lacroix were standouts on on that end of the field as they were able up the pressure on the Pirates.