The Falmouth Academy boys’ soccer team bowed out of the state tournament this week in the round of 16, falling to a powerhouse Millis team on the road on Tuesday, November 9. Millis dominated from the opening whistle, finishing things off with a 7-0 win over the Mariners in the end, putting a close on the best boys’ soccer season the school has had since joining the MIAA.
While the loss that day was tough, it could not overshadow a fantastic showing by the Mariners in the first round of the tournament that saw the team score an impressive overtime victory at home against Pathfinder Regional in Falmouth on Saturday. Three minutes into overtime senior Cody Feldott snapped in a shot that was set up by Roberto Marzot to give the Mariners a thrilling 4-3 victory.
Goalie Mike Zitomer made sure the Mariners got a chance to participate in overtime by making the save of the day with just two minutes to go in regulation. He finished with eight saves in all. He was supported well by defenders Jack Butler, Max Richins, Ben Mihalovich and Clint McDowell.
The game went back and forth from the outset, with neither team ever having a comfortable lead. Pathfinder struck first on a long shot, but Feldott got behind the defense and broke in to tie the game later in the first half. Two goals within a 90-second span late in the half put the Mariners up 3-1 at the half. Martoz put away a nice cross from Noah McCabe, heading in the second goal for the Blue and White, then Feldott picked up his second of the game just before the halftime whistle, with another assist going to Marzot.
Pathfinder fought back in the second half to even the score, though. The visitors netted a goal in the 53rd minute to make it a one-goal affair. They then tied it up three minutes later when Bryan Peabody scored his second of the half to make it 3-3, setting the stage for a tension-filled final 24 minutes of regulation and ensuing overtime.