Cape Elizabeth girls' soccer falls at Falmouth
FALMOUTH—Junior Jess DiPhillipo delivered a perfect pass into the box for teammate Nancy Cooper who shot near post, putting Falmouth up, 3-1, en route to a 5-1 victory over Cape Elizabeth Tuesday evening.
Tied, 1-1, at the half, the Yachtsmen scored four unanswered goals in the second half, with Cooper's goal from DiPhillipo effectively putting the game away with just over 25 minutes to play.
"You can always expect really good passes from Jess," said Cooper. "She is great outside."
Falmouth coach Jon Shardlow moved DiPhillipo, a midfielder, to the outside for his teams first meeting with Cape Elizabeth this season, a game which the teams tied, 2-2. She's been there ever since.
"She's done a nice job delivering balls up into the box," said Shardlow. "I really think that's one of her strengths and that's one of the reasons we put her on the outside. She's really begun to get a sense of when those balls need to be delivered, which has allowed our forwards to time their runs a bit better."
Falmouth got on the board first when Cape Elizabeth goalie Ali Johnson was unable to come down to a high ball, which eventually found the foot of Sarah Girouard, who then found the back of the net.
Junior Karyn Barrett evened the score at 1-1 for the Capers with 7:27 remaining in the first half when she sent home her own rebound on a breakaway. However, that was all Cape Elizabeth would muster against a stingy Falmouth defense and goalie Elizabeth Estabrook.
Barrett's goal gave Cape Elizabeth three in two meetings with the Yachtsmen this season. Falmouth has surrendered a total of two goals in their eight other contests: one to Greely and one to Yarmouth. Tuesday's game broke a string of three straight shutouts.
"Going into the half I was really pleased," said Cape Elizabeth coach Gary Newell "Anytime you are on the road you want to walk away with something. We set ourselves up for the success, 1-1 at the half- I'll take that. The girls were resilient."
Falmouth broke the tie 7:23 into the second half when DiPhillipo played a corner kick, which senior captain Corey Morganstern popped off the crossbar and in, making it 2-1.
Cooper's goal from DiPhillipo made it 3-1. Girouard made it 4-1 with her second goal of the game in the 69th minute, and Junior Caitlin Costello completed the scoring with five minutes remaining. Senior Jill Alvarez assisted on each of the final two goals.
Cape Elizabeth was without junior goalie Lexi Weatherbie (concussion), along with senior midfielders Emma Goldbas (quad) and Jennifer Hayashi (ankle).
"We have a couple of injuries, but that's no excuse for the scoreboard," said Newell. "Falmouth is a quality team. They are going to capitalize on everything that is given to them. Lack of depth was an issue for us today...but hey, we have to have players step up."
Cape Elizabeth (5-3-2) will try an avenge their only other losses of the season when they host York Thursday and Greely on Tuesday.
"I am confident," said Newell. "We have a lot of soccer to play. We have a lot of games left, they are with our rivals, and all worth a lot of points.