Nauset High School entered action on Tuesday, November 3, with an undefeated record in the Cape and Islands League, but it departed Falmouth High School with its first loss of the year in girls’ soccer. Behind a fantastic effort in the midfield and a couple of second-half goals, the Falmouth girls scored an upset in their penultimate regular season game of the year. FHS won by a 2-0 score, picking up its second win of the season.
“I really liked the way that they played throughout the game,” Coach Cory Dubuque said. “Our girls made the effort to get to and win those 50-50 balls.”
The game was scoreless after the first 40 minutes, but the Clippers found the back of the net twice in the second half. Midway through the third quarter Falmouth grabbed the lead against the formerly unbeaten Warriors, thanks to a bang-bang play that started in the Nauset end. A long clear-out by the Warriors found its way to Tierney Roggiolani near the midfield stripe. The FHS senior co-captain stepped into the ball and sent it right back where it came from, launching a high lob toward the NHS net. The ball landed and immediately found itself on the foot of one of the other team captains, Ari Silvia.
Silvia ran onto the ball and finished with aplomb, pushing the ball past the Warriors goaltender to give her team the lead.
In the fourth quarter another of the team’s four co-captains helped double the lead. Senior Abby Roman doled out an assist on a play that Coach Dubuque said was picture-perfect. The hard-nosed senior made a gorgeous cross off the wing to the front for Rochelle Andrade, who one-timed the ball in to give her team a more comfortable advantage.
“It was just textbook,” Dubuque said.
Falmouth’s midfield had a very strong game. Coach Dubuque gave Mia Cavossa and Hanna Faiky credit for their work throughout the contest. He also singled out the play of Sam McKenzie and Riley Duarte on defense, as well as freshman Keegan Lind, who was recently promoted from the junior varsity squad.
Ella Sieger produced the shutout in goal. Her clean sheet did not see her face many tough shots, but she was able to come out and take away some dangerous crosses and got to the balls that she had to to keep the Warriors from putting anything away.