Falmouth U18 Girls' Soccer Advances To Mass Tournament Of Champions
By: Rich Maclone
The Falmouth Soccer Club’s U18 girls’ team earned a spot in the state tournament for the fourth year in a row this past Sunday by beating Swansea-Somerset, 5-2, at Trotting Park in Falmouth.
Swansea-Somerset came out fast and scored a goal within the first minute of the game with a quick break up the right-hand side of the field and a looping shot over the outstretched hands of Falmouth goalkeeper Kelly Ferreira. However, Falmouth struck right back, and within two minutes, Danielle Erving scored for Falmouth on a knock-in from close range to even the score.
From then on Falmouth began to dominate the play. Greer Gilbert scored after nine minutes to put Falmouth ahead, 2-1. Brittany Carlson then netted two long-range shots from outside the 18-yard box in the 14th and 35th minutes to double the score. At halftime the score was 4-1 and Falmouth was completely in control.
In the second half, Falmouth kept up the pressure and Gilbert netted her second goal after 13 minutes to seal the game. Both teams had additional chances with Falmouth forward Christie Brake colliding with the Swansea keeper at one point. Late in the second half, an own goal by a Falmouth defender accounted for the final 5-2 score.
With the playoff victory Falmouth advanced as the top seed in the South Coast Soccer League U18 girls bracket to the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions, which will be held in Lancaster June 22-24. The team is a local mix of players from both Falmouth High and Falmouth Academy. During the regular season, Falmouth posted a 7-1 record and won the league title with 21 points, besting Sandwich by two points in the standings.
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