Things looked pretty bleak for the Falmouth High School girls’ soccer team in Sandwich September 26. Allowing goals in each half, the Clippers entered the final 10 minutes of the game with the Blue Knights trailing by two goals with time running out.
That was just enough time for a remarkable comeback. Scoring two goals in a four-minute span late in the contest, Falmouth rallied back to secure a 2-2 draw against their rivals from Sandwich High School at DeConto Stadium in Sandwich.
Despite having star midfielder Kayla Thomas out of action for the second half, FHS fought back to tie it up thanks to a goals from Ariana Silvia and Abby Roman.
“After they went up ahead early in the second half, I felt like we started to control the game more,” head coach Cory Dubuque said. “We got after it, and we got some strong play off the bench from Mia Cavossa and Hannah Faiky.
SHS had scored on a defensive breakdown by the Clippers midway through the first half, and then cashed in a misdirected Clippers’ pass deep in the defensive end early in the second half to make it 2-0. After that Falmouth began to turn it on and rallied back. In the 73rd minute Jasmine Moran opened up some space in the middle of the field and threaded a pass up the middle for Silvia, sending Silvia to the net for the goal that cut Sandwich’s lead in half.
Four minutes later Falmouth cashed in a corner kick to draw even. Helen Sievert served the ball to the front of the goal where it was boxed about by both sides. Roman was the last foot to touch it before it crossed the goal line, and tied the score up for Falmouth.
The girls are now 3-3-2 overall on the season. They travel to D-Y on Tuesday afternoon for their next game.
Barnstable 2, Falmouth 0
A pair of first half goals by Barnstable stood up as the Red Raiders scored a 2-0 win at the Falmouth High School All-Purpose Field over the Clippers on Tuesday, September 24. Livi Varetimos netted two goals before halftime for the Red Raiders that stood up for Falmouth’s rivals in their first trip to the Clippers’ new digs.
Varetimos opened the scoring in the 27th minute with a burst of speed that allowed her to slip behind the Falmouth defense. She turned on the jets to open up space and let one rip from 15 yards out that Anya Thomas got a piece of, but could not fully control.
Falmouth had two great chances to tie the score after that. Kayla Thomas hit a gorgeous free kick in the 29th minute that seemed labeled for the top far corner. Barnstable keeper Reed Kjoller made the save of the day, though. She leaped to her right and caught the ball before it could find twine, keeping her team up by one. Kjoller then came up big again, denying a Falmouth corner kick three minutes later. Helen Sievert delivered a perfect ball to the front of the goal for Ari Silvia, but Kjoller stepped in front of the shot and kept it out to preserve the lead.
After their goalie kept them ahead, Varetimos gave the Raiders some breathing room in the 37th minute. The sniper caught the FHS defense flat-footed and went by it, slotting a shot for the far corner to double the advantage.
Barnstable’s defense packed in tight in the second half and did not allow FHS many chances. The Clippers got a free kick bid from Jasmine Moran at the very end of the first half that was stopped and, late in the second half, Silvia ran onto a chip pass and let one fly that missed the goal widely by a few feet.
“(Barnstable) played their defense really tight, and it was tough to break through the walls. Our girls just need to make the passes a little bit quicker,” coach Cory Dubuque said. “They did the right thing. They had the lead, so they started bringing people back...we could barely break through the 18, but that’s a credit to their defense.”