Earning a spot in the state tournament is the top item on the Falmouth High School girls’ soccer team’s to-do list for the season. On Tuesday, October 8, the Clippers took a step toward that goal with a 2-1 come-from-behind home win against visiting Pembroke.
Junior Ariana Silvia scored her team-leading 11th and 12th goals of the season in the second half and FHS gave a strong defensive performance as they overcame a 1-0 deficit at the half to topple the Titans.
“Pembroke took the lead in the 34th minute, which put us down at halftime, but we felt like it was still a game,” first-year Head Coach Cory Dubuque said. “We felt like it was a game that was ours to win.”
FHS hunkered down and slammed the door on the Titans defensively in the second half. Anya Thomas made a number of big stops in the goal and Erin Boudrot was a force at fullback before having to leave the field with a foot injury late in the game.
Silvia did not need much time to get the Clippers evened up with the Titans in the second half. Just two minutes into the period she took a feed from Kayla Thomas and went hard to the net, putting it in to knot the score at one aside.
Her second goal came late, and finished off a superb effort by the team as a whole after the intermission. Jasmine Moran, who has been a difference-maker for the Clippers since moving out of the midfield to the front line recently, got the ball to the net where the goalie fumbled around with it. Silvia attacked the flailing keeper and was able to take advantage of her not having full possession, putting it into the cage for a 2-1 lead.
“She didn’t quit on the play, which was all the difference,” Dubuque said.
Falmouth’s victory put them back on the right side of the .500 mark for the year. The team improved to 5-4-2 overall for the season. The Clippers need to secure seven more points—at least three wins and a tie—to earn their way into the tournament.