Shanahan Fires Towards The Goal

Midfielder Katie Shanahan controls the ball before firing toward the net in the Clippers opening day win againts Nantucket.

Megan Azzato scored with 66 seconds left on a penalty corner play to secure a come-from-behind tie for the Falmouth High field hockey team at Monomoy High on Thursday, September 12. Down by two goals at one point, the Clippers rallied to net two in the second half to draw even.

Hayley Hunt scored for the Clippers with 17 minutes left to make it a one-goal game. Then, with time winding down, FHS cashed in a corner with some nice passing. Katie Shanahan got the ball to Lindsey Oliveira, who sent it down low for Azzato, who “crushed it,” according to coach Courtney Lima.

Falmouth 2, Nantucket 0

When your goaltender doesn’t face a single shot in a game, that tells you that your team was thoroughly dominating. The scoreboard might have said the game was close, but Falmouth never had reason for worry in its season opener against Nantucket at the new FHS all-purpose field on Tuesday, September 10.

Falmouth netted a goal in each half and rarely allowed the ball to get across midfield against the visiting Whalers.

“We need to score more goals and that’s something that we need to figure out,” coach Lima said. “We moved the ball well and we played well, but we need to be able to score more if we want to beat good teams.”

Falmouth got on the board in the first half with a pretty goal. Azzato controlled the ball near midfield and switched it from the left to the right side. Haley Hunt pushed the ball up to the goal mouth, where Colleen Caswell was waiting with her stick on the ground. She cashed it in for the lead.

“It was a pretty, pretty goal,” Lima said.

Falmouth doubled the lead about 10 minutes into the second half when Carly Bardelis finished off a scrum near the net, powering in the loose ball to make it 2-0. FHS nearly had a third goal shortly after that, but a sweet move by Navaeha Melton just missed the mark as her shot was mere inches outside the far post.

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