At Falmouth High School the girls’ soccer team hopes that its recipe for success is one part experience and another part youthful exuberance, with maybe a dash of good fortune as it enters play for the 2020 season. The year that everyone will remember one day as the one that was played with a bunch of weird rules because of COVID-19 begins this week for the Clippers, and they’ve got their hopes up that they can bake up their share of wins.
“I would say that we feel cautiously optimistic because we have our front line back, and they can score some goals,” second-year Head Coach Cory Dubuque said.
That front line has the potential to terrorize opposing defenses this season, and it starts with senior striker Ari Silvia. The feisty forward was the second-leading scorer in the Cape and Islands League a year ago, and her determination and speed make her a handful for other teams.
As if dealing with the lightning that Silvia provides isn’t enough, teams also have to contend with the thunder that senior Jasmine Moran brings to the table. Moran is certain to draw many pushing calls this year because it is nearly impossible to defend her without trying to bump her off the ball.
If those two aren’t enough of a problem for the Clippers’ foes, they also have to deal with the outside threats posed by junior Mia Cavossa and senior Hanna Faiky. Cavossa has a quick first step that can leave defenses wondering what just happened, and she has worked on putting shots away. Faiky is like a point guard in the midfield for the Clippers. She distributes the ball extremely well, and a lot of the team’s offense will run through her as she puts the ball in places that the defense doesn’t want it.
Others who are looking to see time in the midfield include sophomores Riley O’Brien, Abby Roman and Sam Riedy. McKenna Correia, a versatile all-around player; Rochelle Andrade, a spitfire forward and middie; Elizabeth Janes, a talented all-around player; and Sarah Schlesinger, a senior looking to make up for an injury lost year, will all add to the mix and give Falmouth depth and options all over the field.
The forward line hopes to be the answer for FHS this year. The question is how the defense will hold up.
Coach Dubuque has a number of capable players on the back line. They just have to go out and show what they can do because none of them has had full-time starter’s jobs before.
“We’ve had to overhaul our defensive end of the field. We lost our top four backs and both goalies to graduation,” the coach explained.
With plans to play a flat back four alignment on the back end, junior Sam McKenzie and senior Riley Duarte are poised to lead the way. Both gained experience as top reserves on defense last year and have been involved in some big games. Senior Tierney Roggiolani has upped her game quite a bit and should be in the starting mix, and the troika of junior Brigid Murphy, senior Erin Furey and freshman Tish Blackwood are all vying for minutes on defense as well.
In the net Ella Sieger, a junior, will be the only varsity keeper to start the year.
“She has an amazing attitude and work ethic,” Dubuque said. “She’s not afraid to get dirty and get out and attack the ball.”
Rounding the roster out will be four players looking to push the starters. Senior Elizabeth Rosbach, along with juniors Kate Charrette, Emma Mehan and Elle Ostroff, will all factor in for a Falmouth team that hopes to make a run at the Cape and Islands League title.