The Falmouth High School boys’ soccer team tried very hard to do to Martha’s Vineyard what the Vineyarders had done to them in their previous game. FHS owned a 2-0 lead against MV on the island only to see the home team that day rally in the second half to steal a draw in the end.
On Tuesday, October 5, at the FHS All-Purpose Field the Clippers (3-4-1) were the ones fighting to secure a comeback in the second half, but ultimately fell short as MV scored a 3-1 win.
“That’s what they did to us. There was eight minutes left, they scored one, and then got the equalizer with four seconds left. So we were trying to do the same thing to them, but they were on to it,” FHS Coach Dave Plourde said.
The Vineyarders scored midway through the opening half and then again just two minutes into the second to stake themselves to a 2-0 lead. In the second half the Clippers attempted to mount a comeback, but their bids were thwarted until it was about too late. With 12 minutes to play in the game Falmouth was able to get three straight corner kick opportunities. The first two were immediately sent out of bounds by MV off the service and then the final one went too far past the far post and was swept out by the visiting team.
It wasn’t until the 76th minute that Falmouth was able to put one on the board on a set play from 30 yards out. Captain Lucas Reis lined up a free kick from that spot that he put right on goal, with velocity. The Vineyard keeper, Mattheus Rodrigues, was able to get to the initial bid, but could not control the ball. The rebound caromed to the top of the 18 where James Hirth lined up a perfect follow-up, burying the shot to pull Falmouth within a goal late in the game.
From there FHS began to press, hoping to find another chance. Instead the Vineyarders were able to put the game away thanks to a special shot from midfielder Lucas Goncalves. Flying up the right side, Goncalves was able to lace a shot in off the far post from a very tough angle to make it 3-1 in the 79th minute, wrapping up the win for MV.
“No one is stopping that shot, no one,” Plourde said.
Plourde said he was happy with the way his team has been playing. He pointed to the effort of Ryan Simone, in the first half, for helping the team make some things happen. The coach said that the squad as a collective is showing better overall effort as the year progresses.
“They competed. That’s all I’ve been asking. We’ve been playing good teams and we’re competing,” Plourde said. “We’re intense. We didn’t give them space to play. They’re playing hard collectively.”