The 2010 Lawrence soccer season was a big let down for returning players.
By: Kaitlin McManus
This year Lawrence sports programs were cut in half due to budget cuts. As a result, Lawrence soccer only had seven games (with one more scheduled against Falmouth Academy) and one less practice per week. As well as that, the LAW soccer team has a new “no-cuts” policy which enforces the rule that all players, no matter how good they are, make the team and get to play at least two games depending on the person’s commitment and focus during practices. As a result, the team had about forty players of all different skill levels.
The team had three great coaches; Mr. Holt and Mrs. Gangi-Holt were the two head coaches assisted by the high school English teacher Mrs. Cipriani. The coaches did a great job of inventing drills that would suit everybody’s skill level and experience.
The first game of the season disappointed everyone. The opposing team, Plymouth South, never even showed up. There were some rumors going around about how Plymouth South didn’t have a bus, and then when they got one they didn’t have a driver, and then when they finally left, they arrived at Lawrence School instead of at Trotting Park field where the game was being held. Thinking that we had already given up on their arrival, since no one was there, Plymouth South drove back home. While all this was happening the Lawrence team continued to do drills unaware of anything being amiss besides the fact that their opponents were extremely late. Finally someone managed to find out what was going on and the game was rescheduled for later on in the season. The next game was in Mashpee and was played in muddy and rainy conditions. Despite all of the player’s best efforts, Mashpee managed to score four goals and shut out Falmouth. Lawrence’s next adversary was Plymouth North, who managed to get through the midfield and defense to score a few goals. Once again, everyone played well, but there were some issues on marking up. The fourth game was the make-up of the match against Plymouth South and they had two teams, so Falmouth split up into two teams as well. One of the teams managed to pull off a 2-1 victory. Our two goals were scored by Maddie Andrade and Kelsey Azzato. The other Lawrence team didn’t have such a great turnout as they added another loss to our record. Next up was a match against Nantucket, which resulted in yet another loss for us. Then we played a miserable, wet game against Old Rochester that resulted in another loss, but our next game against Falmouth Academy brightened our spirits. We earned another 2-0 win but the victorious feeling was burned out when we lost our last game against Old Rochester.
All in all, the 2010 Lawrence soccer season wasn’t very monumentous, but it finally came to an end with a great party in the Teen Center of the Falmouth Recreation Center. Thank you, coaches for hosting such a great season, and good-luck, eighth graders on your journey to the high-school.