Bill Andrade’s last memory of being the head coach of the Falmouth High School boys’ soccer team won’t be an undermanned and depleted Clippers squad dropping an 8-1 decision at Scituate on Wednesday, October 30. With the Clippers (4-11-3) having missed out on the playoffs, and the coach making up his mind to step down at the end of the year, the outcome wasn’t that important any way, especially with four starters out of the lineup.
His final memories will be the smiles and laughter as the team loaded up on Chick-Fil-A sandwiches after the game. The kids being kids.
He’ll also probably look back fondly on his son Coleby’s last two high school goals. The last one erased the Sailors shutout with just two minutes left to go in regulation. The senior captain found the ball in the offensive midfield and let one rip from just beyond the 18, beating the goalie to the corner.
In the previous game Coleby scored the last goal of a 3-3 tie against rival Barnstable, putting away a penalty kick. That followed goals from Matt Maccini and Thomas Charette.
Against Scituate, the writing was on the wall. Injuries had the Clippers without four of their important players. Starting goalie Gio Borgese was out of action with a knee injury. His backup and regular starting fullback Alec Small was not allowed to play after getting a pair of yellow cards in the Barnstable game. Charette was unavailable because of an ankle injury and midfielder Gabe Girouard had a balky hamstring. Losing just one of those players would have hampered the team. Not having all four was very problematic.
“I have to hand it to the kids that played. They just battled, they played their hearts out and never gave up, despite the score,’ Andrade said.
With Coleby graduating and heading off to college next year, Coach Andrade decided during the season that this year is a good one to end his more than 30-year coaching tenure at FHS on. He said he’ll miss practice and games, but it will be nice to have some free time.
“I don’t remember the last fall I had off,” he said with a laugh. “It’s time for me to turn it over to someone that wants it and will go out and enjoy it.”