Jacob Sutton was late to the field at Falmouth High School on Monday, November 2, for the final showdown between his Sandwich High School Blue Knights and the Falmouth Clippers. The star junior forward for SHS had a pretty good excuse for his tardiness. He had a test to take...his driver’s license road test.
Not only did he become eligible to captain an automobile on the roads, but the new junior operator also drove home the game’s most important goal with just four minutes to go to draw his team even in a contest the Clippers had had the better of for the most part.
With time getting short and the Knights making a hard push for the tying goal as Falmouth clung to a 1-0 lead, a foul was called inside the box against the home team. Sutton took the penalty kick for the Knights and parked it by a diving Tommy Peterson to provide a 1-1 draw for Sandwich in a game between two of the Cape and Islands League’s bigger rivals.
While Sutton was the one that got the big goal, he was in position to provide the tie for his team because goalie Tim Clark stole the show for SHS. Clark gave one up in the first half to Falmouth that he certainly would have liked to have had back. Nathan Chbarbi launched a kick from the right side, about 25 yards out, looking to hook up with teammate Eben Delinks, who was streaking down the left wing. Delinks was not able to reach the ball, but his effort slightly screened Clark. The SHS goalie bobbled the ball and was not able to corral it as it slipped into the net to put Falmouth ahead by a 1-0 score in the 35th minute of action.
That lead stood until late in the game because Clark refused to allow the Clippers to add on. The goalie made a handful of eye-popping saves, with a couple in particular against Delinks that were worthy of his personal highlight reel. The biggest came with just 10 minutes left to play as he laid out completely horizontally to slap away a shot by Delinks.
“He just kept us in the game. Early on there was a little slippage there between the gloves, but he more than made up for it,” Coach Alfredo Alvarenga said. “We played a good game tactically, and it was very fast-paced and we played well.”
Falmouth gave maybe its best overall effort of the season, and the Clippers certainly felt like they played well enough to win. With the exception of the foul that led to the PK for Sutton, the FHS defense handled Sandwich well throughout the game. Sam DiPasquale had an excellent game for the Clippers on the back end and was lauded by Coach Dave Plourde for his overall effort.
“I thought we moved the ball around, and we had some good spells in possession,” Plourde said. “We’re kind of climbing our way down the field; we’re about three-quarters of the way there, but not quite where we want to be in that final quarter yet...it’s all coming together.”
Falmouth was back in action on Tuesday night, November 3, against Nauset High on the road. The Warriors defeated the Clippers by a 6-0 score. They had beaten FHS by a 7-0 score the first time around. NHS improved to 9-0 overall for the year and has outscored the opposition 47-1 for the year.