Soccer might be the beautiful game, but it can also be the most frustrating. Just ask the Mashpee High School girls’ soccer team.
The Lady Falcons traveled to Abington on Monday, October 12, for an early holiday tilt and were not feeling very festive after losing a 2-0 game in which they outplayed the home team but came away empty-handed. Despite having more of the scoring chances and dictating much of the game’s pace, the Falcons lost by two on the road, dropping to 0-2 to start the season. They also lost their opener last Friday by a 6-0 score against Norwell.
“We had a bunch of chances, but we just couldn’t finish,” coach Julienne McCuish said after her team’s narrow loss. “We came so close, but it was one of those games.”
Mashpee is suffering through a rough start due in part to being quite shorthanded to open the year. The roster that coach McCuish thought she would have for the 2020 season—back when it was hoped that it would be a regular year—is not the one that is on the field, for numerous reasons. The Falcons had a couple of players opt out this year, are missing some more due to injuries, and also recently had a few players out with non-COVID-19 illnesses.
“It’s been a little rough. We’re shorthanded, but the girls that we have are giving all they’ve got and we’re competitive,” McCuish said.
Against Abington the Falcons were very competitive. Most of the first half was scoreless until a foul was called against Mashpee in the box, resulting in a penalty kick for the Green Wave. Abington put away the shot, with Gracie O’Connell firing a great bid to the top corner that keeper Jayden Bryant (seven saves) could not get to, and the home team took the lead into the break.
In the second half Mashpee nearly tied it several times, with Haley Garcia leading the charge with some great play up top for the Falcons. Callia Eaton sent her on a couple of rushes and passed well all game long. Caroline Shields also had a rock-solid performance for the visitors.
Abington put the game away with a great chip shot late in the third quarter to make it 2-0. Kaylie Groom netted the second strike for the Wave as she put one just under the crossbar.
“It was tough because I really thought that we dominated the game,” coach McCuish said.
In the first game of the year it was Norwell that dominated, putting away a 6-0 win. Despite the final score, Bryant had one of the better games she’s had in a Mashpee uniform. The goaltender was extremely busy and made 25 saves overall.