Down by just a goal in the fourth quarter, the Mashpee High School field hockey team threw everything it had at Carver on Wednesday night, October 14. The Falcons pressured the Bulldogs’ end of the field relentlessly over the final period and had chances to get square, but Carver held on to keep Mashpee without a win so far this season. A late goal by the visitors, at Horne Stadium, gave Carver some breathing room in the final minute as it scored a 2-0 win.
Mashpee played the fourth quarter with a sense of urgency. Trailing by just a goal, it pressured the Carver end of the field and kept the Bulldogs pinned back for most of the period. Jailynn Burke came very close to tying the game with a shot from the doorstep with 11:50 left, but her bid was halted. Moments later, Madeleine Cook had an opportunity from near the net that was also handled.
Mashpee goalie Alexis Bryant kept the deficit at just a single goal with a huge save with 8:15 left in the contest, sliding to her left to kick out a nice try by the visitors. Very late in the game she had no chance to stop the second Carver goal as the Bulldogs stole the ball near the midfield stripe and charged up the field on a 3-on-1 break. A cross from the left wing to the far post led to an easy tap-in with 63 seconds left to play, sealing the outcome.
“If we played the (rest of the game) the way we did the last 15 it would have been a different game,” coach Timarie Villa said. “The first five minutes and the last 15 were the best 20 minutes we’ve played yet this season. We were seeing the field better, moving the ball, making connecting passes. We just have to put together an entire game.”
Carver scored in the first quarter to take the lead and held on from there. The Falcons were able to stay close in large part because of the strong play of the defense and midfield. Haleema Shari was outstanding in the back for the Falcons, taking out several would-be breaks by Carver by stepping to the ball and stealing it away or knocking it to the sideline.
“She came up huge, definitely saved us a few times in the midfield and on defense,” coach Villa said.
The coach also praised the play of Issa Eagan and Sam Rozum. In goal, Bryant played her best game of the season.
Cohasset 7, Mashpee 1
A slow start for the Mashpee field hockey team resulted in a poor showing against Cohasset High School. The Skippers jumped out to a fast start, scoring three quick goals in the first quarter, and cruised to victory over the Falcons, 7-1.
Mashpee fell to 0-2 overall with the loss. It also lost its opener in a lopsided game to Norwell, 6-0.
“We have to be better,” Coach Timarie Villa said. “Our passing needs to improve and we have to play harder.”
Cohasset kept the ball pinned on the Mashpee side of the field for nearly the entire first half. Mashpee showed some glimpses of promise in the second half and was able to produce its first goal of the year in the third quarter. Rozum scored from the doorstep of the goal after a push to the front by Sydney Burke to make it 6-1. Cohasset got one more after that.