This time last year, Mashpee coach Ed Furtek considered then-sophomore Romeo Grey one of his most athletic players. The soccer skills, though, were lacking.
“He came out last year with great foot skills and blazing speed,” Furtek said. “But he wasn’t aware of where to be on the field. He worked hard, played in the spring, and the kids really took him under their wing.”
Saturday night, Grey’s refined talents were on full display. The striker tallied both of Mashpee’s goals in a 2-1, double-overtime victory over Coyle & Cassidy in Division 3 South preliminary action.
Grey netted the winner at the end of a scramble around the Warriors’ net. Coyle goalie James Withers turned away a pair of shots in the melee, but allowed rebounds on both attempts. The last give back proved fatal, as Grey punted the loose ball into the cage for his 16th goal of the year.
“He’s been so solid all year,” Furtek said. “Most teams double-team him, and he still manages, like he did tonight.”
Grey scored the game’s first goal in the 27th minute, spoiling a strong start by the Warriors. That lead was short-lived, though, as the Falcons conceded an own-goal minutes later.
Mashpee’s play strengthened in the second half, but the Falcons couldn’t turn their possession advantage into another regulation tally.
Coyle nearly snapped the tie late in the second half, but Mashpee goaltender Spencer Perlmuter denied the point-blank look and dove on the rebound to quash the scoring chance.
“I thought we had a little better run of play, but we couldn’t shake those guys,” Furtek said. “You know how soccer is. You have the run of play, then they break out, and your goalie has to make a great save. Spencer did that.”
Both teams had chances in the first overtime, but the goaltenders were “awesome,” said Furtek.
“It was one of those games,” the coach said, “where you shake the other coach’s hand, and you just say, ‘nobody deserved to lose this game.’ ”
Mashpee will hit the pitch again Monday at 7 p.m. against seventh-seeded Hanover in the Division 3 South first round.
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