The Mashpee High School varsity boys’ soccer program has been in existence for a little more than two decades and has played somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 games (give or take). In all of those years over all of those games the Falcons have never experienced a contest quite like their come-from-behind victory on the road at Randolph on Tuesday, October 5.
How unique was Mashpee’s 5-4 win?
Well, the Falcons (4-4-1) scored less than two minutes into the game, for starters. By the 10 minute mark they were down a goal and by the 23 minute mark the deficit they face was three goals, at 4-1. After surrendering four in the first 23 minutes the Falcons did not allow a goal over the final 57. How about not one, but two different players in the game scored four goals, one for each team? Oh, and the game-winner, that came with just two minutes left to play, and the Falcons nearly saw the lead disappear after that.
“It was a one-of-a-kind,” Mashpee Head Coach Ed Furtek said with a laugh afterwards. “You don’t see a lot of games like that one.”
Gabriel Da Silva, Mashpee’s top offensive player, broke out of a bit of a slump to score a hat trick, plus one, to lead the way for MHS. He came from behind to tie Angelo Terone for most goals in the game as the RHS forward potted his four goals in the game’s first 23 minutes, scoring all of them in a span of less than 20 minutes of play.
“It was a duel of the forwards,” Furtek explained.
DaSilva scored just moments after the opening whistle to give his team a short-lived 1-0 lead. Goalie Luke Olson, who actually played a great game despite what the scoreboard read, punted the ball from his goal box far up the field and it found a streaking DaSilva, who sped by his mark and got to the net to break the ice.
After that it was all Blue Devils for the next 20 minutes and the game turned dramatically thanks to Tenore, who just found ways to score again and again. He netted goals in the fourth, 10th, 20th and 23rd minutes. “He’s a big kid, and sneaky fast and has a really good touch on the ball,” Furtek said.
Down 4-1 in the first half it would have been easy for the Falcons to just mail it in, but instead they decided to keep playing hard.
Perhaps the biggest play of the game was turned in by Preson Joia with 10 minutes to go before halftime. The midfielder got a pass from Nick Almeida and was able to bump it past the keeper to make it a 4-2 game.
That goal gave Mashpee the belief that if they played their game the rest of the way that they might have a shot. At the half Coach Furtek opted to move Kyle Soares into a man-marking situation against Terone, putting his top defender in charge of slowing down the man with four goals. He did that perfectly. He also told the team to keep pushing forward and attack when the opportunity presented itself.
Fourteen minutes into the second half their belief was bolstered when DaSilva got his second on an unassisted goal that saw him steal the ball and just fly to the net to cut the score to 4-3. Then, four minutes later, he did it again and turned the game on its ear, tying things at 4-4 with a perfectly struck direct kick from the perimeter that found the upper corner.
With the game knotted up it took on a back-and-forth pace that saw each team press for the go-ahead. As time neared the end, and it appeared that the game would end in a draw, DaSilva struck for number four on the night to put his team on top. Soares, who had done such a great job on defense, slid a pass through for DaSilva and he did the rest, knocking it in to put Mashpee ahead for the first time since the game’s earliest stages.
Even with the lead, and just two minutes left, it wasn’t easy from there. Randolph had a quality bid to tie the score on a direct kick just before the final horn, but the shot sailed just over the net.
MHS also won a close one, that was a little more normal in terms of scoring, on October 1 against Abington, taking a 1-0 decision.
Almeida cashed in an Otis Langmore feed in the 68th minute for the game’s lone goal. Olson, who had stopped a penalty kick in the 60th minute for Mashpee, came up big to stop a breakaway in the 76th minute to preserve the win that day.