Mashpee High School had a strategy against the Falmouth High School boys’ soccer team on Monday, October 7. The Clippers had an answer for it, though.
MHS attempted to flummox the Falmouth offense with an offside trap in an attempt to shorten the field for FHS and frustrate the visitors. FHS was able to shred through that trap thanks to seniors Thomas Charrette and Coleby Andrade. With adept passing by that pair in the midfield, the Clippers were able to lay out perfect lead passes early in the game that led to prime scoring opportunities.
With three goals in the first half, including two by Daniel Holt, Falmouth powered by its neighbors to the east by a 4-0 score. FHS improved to 4-6-1 overall with the win, its second in a row.
“Dan broke it open for us with those two quick goals, poised play in the box by him,” Falmouth coach Bill Andrade said.
The first goal was a thing of beauty for the Clippers in the ninth minute of the game. Charrette feathered a pass up the middle of the field, timing it perfectly with a burst of speed by Holt. The ball rolled past the defenders just as Holt found an extra gear. He ran on it and went in uncontested against MHS goaltender Luke Olson, who was hung out to dry.
Eleven minutes later the Clippers struck again with a similar goal. Andrade threaded a pass through traffic for Holt this time and the junior did the hard work, wheeling through a number of defenders to get to the net to make it 2-0.
Andrade made it a 3-0 affair with less than three minutes to play in the half with a nice move through the middle. In the second half Gabe Girourd put home a feed from Charrette to finish off the scoring.
“We’ve been working the trap, and it’s been tough because we’ve had guys out injured, and there’s not the consistency that you want,” MHS coach Ed Furtek said. “The trap, you’ve got to be consistent. The idea is to squeeze the space a bit, and give the other team less space to operate in. When it works it’s great, but when it doesn’t you have to be ready to get back real fast or have your goalie make some saves one-on-one.”
Mashpee’s offense had a hard time getting on track throughout the game. The Falmouth back line was very strong, keeping the ball to the perimeter for most of the day thanks to the play of Alec Small, Nick Harden and Rowan Gallant. Goalie Gio Borgese earned his first career shutout for the Clippers, making a couple of tough saves.
Mashpee nearly broke the shutout before Falmouth had even gotten on the board, early in the first half, but a shot from the doorstep by Nick Almeida popped over the top of the net. Almeida had another chance late in the first half when his team was still within two goals. A free kick from Dylan Barger, from deep in his own end of the field, sailed to the top of the Falmouth box, where Kyle Soares headed it along for Almeida. This time a flick by Almeida went a bit wide. In the final minute of the first half Borgese made his best save, diving to his right to rob a bid by Almeida.