If everything works out the way that the Mashpee High School girls' soccer team hopes, then the third time will indeed be the charm on Wednesday, November 13, in Carver.
The Falcons will be facing off against South Shore League rivals Hull High School with a spot in the Division 4 south championship game next Saturday on the line. MHS has never gone further than the semifinals before.
The Falcons hope to overcome a Hull team that knocked them off twice this year, with the pair of games just eight days apart. On October 8 the Pirates scored a 4-2 win in Mashpee, rallying late to put that game away. On October 16, without leading scorer Sam Kersey, they were bested by a 2-1 score in Hull.
Those games were before the Falcons got hot, though. Since losing to Cohasset by a 2-0 score on October 21 the Falcons have gone undefeated. They tied Carver on October 23 and then strung together six wins in a row, including two tournaments wins over Blue Hills (5-0) and Hollbrook (5-1).
Hull has not lost a game since October 7, a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Notre Dame of Hingham. The third-seeded Pirates are 15-3-1 overall. They enjoyed a first round bye in the tournament and then bested West Bridgewater by a 2-1 score in the quarterfinals.
According to Kersey, who now has 26 goals on the season to lead the offense, this team is trying to extend the careers of its seniors as long as possible. That, coupled with the relationships up and down the roster, have bolstered their efforts, the sophomore sniper said.
“I think it's just the team chemistry, and we're playing for our seniors. Our seniors don't want to be done with soccer yet, so I think we're all just playing for them.”
Two of those seniors, who have also played big roles in the run the team is on, appreciate that and are soaking this all up.
“This is the best team that I've ever been on, soccer-wise, and I don't want it to end any time soon,” co-captain Ashley Keleher said.
Goalie Abby Dorman said that this is what it's all about.
“It feels amazing. I absolutely love this team,” Dorman said. “I just love this team so much.”