Things are going very well for the Falmouth High School field hockey team early this season. Falmouth improved to 3-0 overall with a quality win over Notre Dame of Hingham on Wednesday, September 15, at the FHS All-Purpose Field, beating the Cougars by a score of 2-1.
High-scoring sophomore Avery Johnsen scored both goals for FHS, which has scored eight goals in three games after getting just 11 in eight games last season. On the first goal by the youngster, Katie Shanahan passed the ball up the middle for Johnsen, who turned away from the goalie from about 15 yards out, spun around her defender to the right and then beat the keeper with a hard shot to the near post.
Johnsen’s second goal was all about having quick reflexes. The sophomore jumped up on a NDA defender who was attempting to clear the ball up the middle of the field and Johnsen simply pilfered the pellet away and popped off a shot past the surprised keeper to double the lead.
NDA made things close with a third-period goal, but senior co-captain Kylie Waggett made a couple of big saves late to preserve the lead and help her team hold on for the win.
Falmouth coach Courtney Lima said Natalie Bosselman and Shanahan had excellent all-around games for the team all over the field. She also credited Eliza Roman and Hope Oliveira with key contributions.
FHS is playing at a high level right now, and coach Lima is confident in her team and its ability to perform. Next up is a game at home on Saturday, September 18, at 11 AM against Nauset.
“Today, we played picture perfect. If we play like this the rest of the season we are going to be in a good position. We are clicking right now,” the coach said.
In its second game of the season, on Monday, Falmouth traveled to Nantucket and scored a 2-0 win to improve to 2-0 on the season. Johnsen and Navea Melton each scored their second goals of the season.
In the first half Melton scored as she was set up by Cara Guidi and Shanahan. In the second half Johnsen put home a feed from Guidi to double the lead.
Waggett played the first half in goal in her season debut as she returned from injury. Lola Russell handled the second half and preserved the shutout for the Clippers. Russell was not under much pressure during her portion of the game, as the Clippers allowed the ball to pass midfield just twice.
Bosselman was rock-solid all game long, according to Lima. “She’s been our unsung hero, she is just so poised,” she said.
In the opener against West Bridgewater last Friday, Falmouth rolled to a 4-1 win. Johnsen scored on a penalty stroke, Shanahan netted a goal off a penalty corner, Melton pushed one home off a scramble and Colleen Caswell scored on a move to the net. Russell went the distance in goal and made three saves.