Two really bad breaks cost the Mashpee High School boys’ soccer team on Tuesday, September 21, in Rockland. The first one led to a goal for the home team, and the second one cost the Falcons a chance to tie the game up.
In the end, despite playing perhaps their best all-around game of the season thus far, the Falcons ended up on the short end of a 1-0 score against the Bulldogs on the road. Mashpee is now 2-2 overall on the year.
“We played great,” Coach Ed Furtek said. “We worked hard, defended really well, but got unlucky.”
Anthony Defilippo scored the only goal of the game, with just nine minutes to play, to break the scoreless tie and give the Dogs the home win. The forward for Rockland muscled home a shot through traffic in the 71st minute to break the deadlock.
Just moments later the Falcons should have been awarded a chance to tie the score, but the referees missed the call. With a little under five minutes to go in the game one of the Rockland defenders kicked the ball back toward his team’s net. The goaltender picked the ball up and threw it out to one of his teammates.
In soccer it is against the rules for the goaltender to handle the ball with his hands on a direct foot pass from one of his teammates. A deflection or headed ball is fair game, but a pass with the foot is a no-no and should result in a penalty kick against the offending team.
“Their coaches were yelling at the goalie not to pick it up,” MHS Head Coach Ed Furtek said. “I guess they missed that cue. Still, I hesitate to ever give a referee a hard time because that’s a job that I’d never want to do.”
Furtek said that his captains approached the referees following the game to respectfully ask for an explanation. He said that the referee told the Falcons that he saw things differently than they did on the play.
The loss hurt for certain, but Furtek said that his team learned a lot about where their competitive level is against the rest of the league.
“I told them after the game that ‘today you proved that you can play with the big boys,’” the coach said.
Luke Olson was solid in the net for the Falcons. Kyle Soares, Ryan Lima, Mike McGrath and Sean Ware all had solid defensive games. Up front, Nick Almeida had some good moments and Peter DeFrancesco had a solid game.