Up And At 'Em

Mashpee High School forward Haley Garcia leaps to prevent Hull from clearing the ball out of the offensive zone on Wednesday night at Horne Stadium.

There was hope that the Mashpee High School girls’ soccer team would be able to make Senior Night a special one for the six members of the Class of 2021 on the roster. Unfortunately, two problems that the Falcons have had all season long continued to be issues against Hull High School on a pleasant evening at Horne Stadium on Wednesday, November 4.

Mashpee has not been able to score goals throughout this season. Additionally, it has had issues slowing down opposing offenses.

Those two problems added up to yet another loss for MHS as the team dropped to 0-7-1 overall on the year. Hull scored 15 minutes into the game and then blew the game open with two goals about five minutes apart in the second quarter on their way to a 4-0 road victory in Mashpee.

“I think the biggest thing that’s been missing for us in the finishing, and then the composure. We’ve had some panic plays going on, and that gets in the way of finishing. We’ve been working on staying composed and intense, the balance of both,” Coach Julienne McCuish said. “We had some good plays, we had some composure and intensity, but we’re working on having more communication throughout the game so that we can have more communication and connect on the passes that we need.”

Hull used superior speed on the perimeter to take the lead late in the first quarter. A burst up the right side by Sarah Duran left the Mashpee defense struggling to catch up, and she was able to beat goalie Abby Dorman with a hard shot to the far side.

Mashpee nearly was able to tie the score just before the end of the quarter. Caroline Shields, who was a force for the Falcons all night long, had a nice bid stopped by the goalie with three minutes to play in the quarter. Moments later, she was able to get one off from high in the zone but got under the ball too much, and it sailed through the goal posts behind the net. Just before the end of the period Shields attempted to set up Ava DeSemone, but her redirection of the pass went just wide of the goal.

Had Mashpee been able to draw even there, maybe things could have turned in their direction. Unfortunately, Mashpee could not continue with its late-first-quarter momentum, and Hull capitalized, scoring two in the second period to go up 3-0. Goals from Maya Campbell and Nina Tiani gave the Pirates all the breathing room they would need.

Mashpee carried the play in the third quarter and had the Pirates on their heels but just could not bury a shot to close the gap. Emma Holmes narrowly missed with a hard shot from the wing early in the period, and then Emily Theodore came close. Shields followed that up by trying to feed Callia Eaton in the middle of the field, but Eaton’s shot was halted by the goalie.

In the fourth quarter Hull got one more to build the lead to four goals. A bomb by Jenna Canavan accounted for the final point of the night.

Mashpee is now gearing up for the South Shore League playoffs. The Falcons will have to take on a very good Cohasset team in the first round.

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