A seasoned Martha’s Vineyard team was ready to play on its home field on the island and made Falmouth’s first-ever league contest against MV a rough one for the visitors. The home team scored early on and added a bookend goal late to hand the Clippers a 2-0 loss.
Falmouth is now 0-2 overall on the season and 0-1 in the Cape and Islands League.
“They were a very good, physical team,” Head Coach Bill Andrade said of the Vineyarders. “They were rough, man. They were in our faces from the start. I thought our kids did a great job of playing with them, and we controlled the game at times, but we couldn’t get one to go in.”
It was a frustrating game for Falmouth’s top two offensive producers. Senior Coleby Andrade had five shots in the game and junior Eben Delinks produced three, but neither could get one to tickle the twine.
FHS came out hot, but a chance for MV in the 10th minute resulted in the game’s first goal and the Clippers were playing from behind from that point on.
Falmouth had two great chances in the second half. Early in the second half Coleby Andrade put a hard shot on the goal, on a restart, that the keeper bobbled. Graham Grant crashed hard for the rebound and got a hold of it, but his shot went wide of the target.
Shortly after that Alec Small broke in alone against the Vineyard keeper. Small went hard to the net but the goalie challenged him, taking away the angle, and was able to use his body to keep the ball from going in.
With 10 minutes left the Vineyarders cashed in a transition play to go up by two. The shooter came up the wing, beat a mark and was able to get Jack Richardson to commit before sliding a shot under him to make it a two-goal game.
“I though that the kids played hard, especially in the second half. There were a lot of positives that came out of it,” Coach Andrade said.
Falmouth will be hoping to end its two-game slide Friday, September 13 when it hosts Scituate High School at the All-Purpose Stadium. The Sailors visit for a 2 PM contest on the turf field on Saturday, September 14.