The deck was not stacked in favor of the Mashpee High School boys’ soccer team on Wednesday, September 29. The Falcons not only had to go to battle against one of the top teams in southeastern Massachusetts, in the form of a strong Norwell team, but the Falcons also had to do it with their star keeper, Luke Olson, and star forward, Gabriel DaSilva, both unavailable to play in the game.
Backup goalie Preston Joia gave a strong effort in Olson’s absence, but Norwell proved to be too much, scoring a 3-0 win. The loss dropped Mashpee’s record to 2-4-1 for the season.
While the sub-.500 record is not what coach Ed Furtek had hoped for at this juncture, the coach said that in terms of the way that the team’s schedule set up this season that the majority, but not all of, the toughest teams that the team is going to face have already been played.
“I think we’re going to be okay. We just need to start finishing a little better,” the coach said.
MHS held its own against the Clippers all game long, but a stretch that saw NHS score twice in about a minute’s time midway through the first half was too much to overcome. NHS popped its first of the day in the 24th minute, which prompted Furtek to call timeout. During the stoppage he said that he warned his troops that the Clippers are known for scoring in bunches and to be ready for them to try to strike again quickly. The warning was heeded, but not as effectively as the coach has hoped as Norwell got another in the 25th minute. Their final goal came six minutes into half number two.
“Considering everything, I thought that we played well,” Furtek said.
The coach praised the efforts of Joia, who made a number of athletic saves in the game. Kyle Soares and Lucas Dehelean also had strong outings.
Mashpee 0, EB 0
Scoreless soccer games don’t typically come off as being very exciting, but the Mashpee and East Bridgewater High School squads bucked that trend on Monday, September 27. The Falcons and Vikings played to a scoreless, 0-0, draw in Mashpee on a blustery day.
The wind was not the only thing that seemed angry on the day. Each team played with a physical edge and was not afraid to throw the body around in a game that sometimes resembled an ice hockey match. The two teams drew numerous fouls, had words with one another and did not exchange addresses for holiday cards down the road.
As for the action on the pitch, it was titled in favor of Mashpee for most of the match, though the play of EB keeper Anthony Petete assured that his team left town with a point in tow. Mashpee had several high quality chances in the second half, the best of which came when Otis Longman was hauled down breaking up the left side and fouled at the edge of the box.
Peter DeFrancesco took the free kick for the Falcons from that spot, and hit a hard shot, but Petete made the save to keep the game scoreless with eight minutes left. Several other players had quality bids along the way for Mashpee, with Gabriel DaSilva coming the closest to breaking the deadlock early in the half. DaSilva got a step on the man attempting to mark him and was able to cut back along the end line. He attempted to beat the goalie with a shot under the bar, but his bid sailed about a foot over the crossbar. DaSilva had a nearly identical chance in the first half, but that one also went high.
Nick Almeida had a couple of nice bids for the team and Lucas Dehelean fired just wide late in the second half.
The MHS defense, led by Ryan Lima and Sean Ware, held the fort in front of Luke Olson. The MHS goalie was not overly busy, but was called on to make a couple of tough saves in the first half.