Gould Tallies Four Times In Mashpee Soccer Victory
By: Rich Maclone
It's a good thing that the Mashpee Blues have their share of goal-scorers because they're about to lose their biggest one for the rest of the season, just when they could use her most.
Forward Ellery Gould, who leads the team with 13 goals for the season after a memorable goodbye game on Tuesday night at Cape Cod Community College, will be unavailable for the remainder of the Cape Cod Women's Soccer League slate. The former Sandwich High standout, who netted four goals in her team's 8-3 shellacking of Barnstable on Tuesday, is headed to Europe for the rest of the season where she will be attending the Olympics, as well as playing soccer.
Gould made a statement in her final contest, lighting up Barnstable with two goals in each half.
Lightening the blow of losing their high-scorer, though, is the appearance of a new forward with the potential to fill in well for Gould in her absence. Alexa Yow, who played Division I college soccer, joined the team recently and has added a spark. In the two games she's played for the Blues she's already accumulated three goals, including two against Barnstable.
Yow got the first of the night for the visitors with a nice move around a defender and sprint to the net in the eighth minute of play to put Mashpee on top to stay. Gould added her first of the night in the 16th minute of play, crossing over from left to right before reversing field once again and toying with the goalie.
Lily Peterson scored in the 22nd minute to make it 3-0 and then Yow got her second a in the 29th, putting Mashpee comfortably ahead by four.
With a commanding advantage, the Mashpee defense got sloppy at times, according to Coach Kevin Radford, which allowed Barnstable to get its first of the night in the 42nd minute. Gould answered back with her second of the game a minute before the halftime whistle. In the second half she completed her hat trick, and then added another for good measure after a goal by Allison Casiles.
Defensively, Mashpee got a strong showing from Aurianna Franco, who has been solid throughout the season for the Blues. Madeline Reynolds and Kenna Garrison were also good for the visitors.
Over the weekend Mashpee sent four representatives to the league's all-star game, and they made an impact in the 3-3 draw. Franco, Isabella Miranda, Gould and Ashleigh Berg made the team. Miranda and Gould factored in on all three of the Upper Cape team's goals in the game.
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