The 90 minutes of regulation was not enough to decide a winner between Falmouth and Sandwich in the Cape Cod Women’s Soccer League last Friday, August 2.
It was fitting, considering that the two teams split their four regular season meetings this summer.
But five minutes into the two 10-minute overtime periods Falmouth, the top team in the regular season, netted the game-winning goal — handing them the win and the CCWSL trophy on Sandwich’s home turf of DeConto Stadium.
Eliza Green dribbled by an array of Sandwich defenders before effortlessly placing the ball in the corner of the net to give her Falmouth team a 1-0 lead. Defensively, the grouping of keeper Rachel Cumberland and back end teammates of Jennifer Cardeiro, Cali Pfleger, Molly Brodericks and Julie Duffany held on through the rest of the extra time periods to hang on for the one-goal lead.
Despite being shutout, Sandwich was not without its chances to score. Molly and Sara MacFarland joined Lia Wilcox and Claire Meli as strong offensive players for Sandwich, but no one could sneak the ball by Cumberland.
Bridget O’Connor also put forth a strong effort in net for Sandwich.
Falmouth had been the top team in the league all season long, earning a record of 8-2-1 before breezing by Barnstable United, 3-0, in the league semifinals last week. Sandwich finished the regular season with a 5-6 record and upset second-seeded Orleans (Lower Cape) for the right to play Falmouth.
Both teams played one another tight in their regular season meetings. Falmouth took the first two matches by a combined score of 9-3. Sandwich answered back with two-straight wins of its own, scoring 2-1 and 5-3 victories late in its schedule.