In her first varsity start in net, Falmouth High School goalie Ella Sieger showed that she’s got what it takes to keep her team in games and give them a chance to win. Sieger made more than a dozen saves, including three crucial ones in the last four minutes, to help preserve a 2-2 draw on opening day of the 2020 girls’ soccer season for the Clippers.

Sieger’s biggest save of the game came with just 2:39 left to go in the contest. Barnstable High School forward Alivia Varetimos laced a left-footed shot for the nearside corner from 20 yards out, but Sieger laid out and made a diving stop to keep things knotted at 2-2. She also made two big stops on bids from Molly Lamothe in the fourth quarter.

“We’re not surprised, she works hard in practice and has that great work ethic. She loves what she does, she stays positive. She’s not the type of girl that’s going to make a mistake and get down on herself. She’s just going to get right back into it, and she’s not afraid to get dirty,” Coach Cory Dubuque said of his junior netminder.

Falmouth had its own chances late in the game to break the tie but couldn’t finish it off. Emma Meehan’s tip on the doorstep was stopped with nine minutes to go, and just before that Jasmine Moran had a shot hit the crossbar from a tough angle.

BHS broke through first, as the Clippers played a hesitant and mistake-prone game over the first 10 minutes. Before they were able to clean things up—which they did well—BHS grabbed the lead on a shot by Kate Brewster, who put in a rebound after Sieger had made a fantastic lunging stop on an initial bid from out high.

After falling behind, Falmouth rallied back to get two in the first half to take a lead into the intermission. Ariana Silvia played a huge role in both.

On the tying goal the senior co-captain hustled to get to her own rebound and popped it by Barnstable goalie Rose Dibb with just two seconds remaining in the first quarter. In the 37th minute Barnstable’s defense focused hard on not allowing Silvia to beat them again, and she used that to her, and her team’s, advantage.

Silvia drew a big crowd, with three defenders in her area, late in the first half. Rather than force a shot through traffic, she chipped the ball to the far side where teammate Rachelle Andrade ran onto the ball and bodied it into the goal to put Falmouth ahead by a 2-1 score.

Barnstable got back to even in the 57th minute on a remarkable long shot from Dakota Hesse. The midfielder let in a shot from 35 yards out that could not have been placed more perfectly, as it sailed just over the outstretched hands of Sieger and just below the crossbar, making it a 2-2 game.

FHS hosts Sandwich on Tuesday, October 13, at 4 PM.

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