Cohasset High School held off a solid effort by the Mashpee High School girls’ soccer team in Mashpee on Wednesday, September 13, to deliver the Falcons their first loss of the year.
After playing a tie against Falmouth on the road and beating Hull soundly at home, the Skippers came to town and denied the Falcons by a 3-1 score.
Mashpee had plenty of chances to draw even when they trailed by just one in the second half, but they were unable to put home the tying goal. Sophomore Sam Kersey, who scored the team’s lone goal in the game, had a couple of high quality bids after the break, but was held at bay.
Each team pressured the other early, but neither broke the seal until late in the first half. Cohasset got on the board first in the 30th minute when Taylor Herndon settled a direct kick that came from the perimeter inside the Mashpee area. Herndon put a right-footed shot the far post, just out of the reach of Abby Dorman, to give the Skippers a 1-0 lead.
Mashpee answered right back to tie the score. Just a minute later, Kersey was set on a nice slip pass from Ava Gonsalves and criss-crossed around a few defenders to get to a shooting space. With two CHS players riding her hips she was able to unload a high, hard shot that the keeper could not control and the score was tied at 1-1.
It appeared that the score would stand at one aside at the half, but Cohasset caught a break late in the half. With just a minute left to go before the intermission Anna Grech kicked a great lead pass up the left side of the field for Anna Lord. The forward for the Skippers ran onto the ball and broke for the net, working her way past a pair of trailing defenders that crashed hard in an attempt to take the ball away. Lord found space and put a shot by Dorman to give her team a 2-1 lead at the break.
Dorman played huge early in the second half, making a couple of key saves to keep her team close, but the Skippers were able to secure a huge insurance goal in the 52nd minute. The goal came on a set play that saw Dorman make a save on an initial bid, but not the follow-up. Maeve Kearney was credited with the goal for the visitors.
MHS tried to make it interesting late, but was unable to put another in. Ashley Keleher had a nice bid on a free kick, but the shot was saved. Kersey just missed wide with a precision attempt in the 64th minute and had a penalty kick denied in the 76th. Emma Holmes had a great bid late in the second half too, but it went just over the crossbar.
The MHS ladies hit the road on Friday, September 13, with a trip to Bourne at 3:45 PM.