Talk about your turnarounds.
After dropping its season opener by a 6-0 score to Norwell, the Mashpee High School boys’ soccer team turned the tables against Abington and won that game on Monday, October 12, by the same blowout score. Gabe Perreira scored two goals to lead the charge as the Falcons dropped the hammer on the Green Wave and dominated for nearly the entire 80 minutes of action.
Mashpee is now 1-1 overall and 1-1 in South Shore League play.
“The kids played well today. We saw glimpses of real possibilities when they moved the ball quickly, but we’re still a work in progress, that’s for sure,” coach Ed Furtek said after his team’s first win of the season.
The glimpses that the Falcons showed were of the spectacular variety as the team came out and built a quick 2-0 lead. Nick Almeida put away the game’s first goal in the fourth minute, giving his team a cushion that it would never relinquish. Then, in the 14th minute, Perreira scored his first of the day to stake the team to a two-goal lead.
With the lead in hand Mashpee did get a little stagnant to close the first half. Coach Furtek said he felt his players were a bit too laissez faire in the second quarter, and his message at halftime was to get back to what they had been doing before and go harder.
“Coming into this game with the mentality that we lost (to Norwell), but we were playing as hard as we could kind of drew us into this game to play hard and play good,” senior captain Gabe Palhais said. “(Coach Furtek’s) big (halftime) speech was that they were going to come out with a big bang and they’re going to come out harder than ever and that we have to come out harder than them because we can’t let things slip.”
Mashpee took its coach’s advice to heart and picked things back up in the third. Perreira made it 3-0 in the 57th minute with a great run through the middle of the field. He slotted his shot by the Wave’s goaltender with ease. Shortly after that Ryan Lima finished a great feed from Perreira on a restart to make it 4-0, which took all the steam out of the visiting team.
Palhais added to the onslaught after that with a fourth-quarter goal that finished off a great fast break on which the ball moved beautifully from foot to foot. Josh Crawford received a pass from the right side and slid a perfect feed to Palhais on the left. Palhais banged in the fifth of the day.
That goal might have been the prettiest of the day for Mashpee, but Crawford’s goal that followed in the 77th minute certainly could have been, as well. Crawford found space on the far post and got his left leg up to redirect a gorgeous volley from Palhais for a 6-0 final score.
“We got offense from a few places, which is good, because I’m sure that teams are going to hear about Gabriel Perreira and (prepare to defend him),” Furtek said.
Furtek said he felt for Abington, which was missing a few players due to illness. He said a few of the Green Wave players have had to sit out due to being infected with COVID-19. The team found out that one of its key players would not be able to suit up just before getting on the bus and coming to Cape Cod, which did not help its efforts.