It had been a long time coming for the Falmouth Academy boys’ soccer team. The Mariners had not taken to the pitch since fall of 2019, having sat out last year due to COVID-19 concerns.
Patrick Kennedy had never coached a varsity game for the Mariners, either. He took over as the head coach for the program a year ago, but until Tuesday, September 6, he had not seen his team play an actual game, not even a scrimmage, as the team did not schedule any this preseason.
Lost time was made up for by the Mariners as they opened the season with a resounding 4-1 win over visiting Cape Tech. Senior Cody Feldott led the way, scoring three goals in the win. Howard Keeler netted the other goal for Falmouth Academy.
“It was great. I had no idea what to expect, having not played any scrimmages,” Kennedy said. “I thought we’d have a chance to do some good things, since we have so many seniors, but you never know until you see it.”
The Mariners’ time to make a run in the Cape and Islands League Lighthouse Division would have to be this year. The club boasts a roster that includes nine of 17 varsity-level players belonging to the Class of 2022.
Feldott started the last soccer season for he and his eight classmates by scoring just 11 minutes into the game. Cape Tech got that back on a fantastic header by Jace Clady off of a cross by Jason Neira just four minutes later.
Another Feldott goal, with seven minutes to play in the first half, gave FA the lead for good. Feldott then made it 3-0 early in the second half and Keeler scored in the 48th minute to make it 4-1.
Goalie Mike Zitomer had a strong outing. He faced 10 shots on goal and saved nine. The defensive backline handled itself very well. The group of Max Richens, Clint McDowell, Ben Mihalovich and Jack Butler did a nice job of keeping the action away from Zitomer as much as possible, forcing perimeter shots for the most part.