The St. Paul Falcons recorded their first win of the season Tuesday night as they beat Derby 8-1 in their home opener. The Falcons offense dominated the time of possession proving the sentiment true that a great offense is a good defense.
Falcons coach Flavio Pereiraa said the win was a great confidence booster for the young, inexperienced team. He said it was also nice for them to get their first win at home, after being on the road in their first three games.
“It was very important for the team to get a win yesterday,” Pereira said. “We have so many freshmen on the team, more than half of the team are freshmen, so for them it was a big deal to play for the first time at home and get it out of their system.”
Pereira said the team came out strong from the beginning of the game and played well throughout the duration of the game. He said with the Falcons dominating the time possession their goalkeeper didn’t see much action.
St. Paul’s Natalia Riemer had one save on four Derby shots, only letting in one goal from Brianna Quiles. In comparison, the Falcons took 25 shots. Derby’s goalkeeper Haven Clark accounted for 18 saves.
St. Paul’s Emily Walker scored three goals while Rose Wells, Rachel Leone and Giovanna Morello each scored once. Grace Peterson also scored two goals for the Falcons with assists from Alexis Muthing, Vanessa Visconti, Morello and Mikayla Johnson.
“We had good movement of the ball and in some of the one-on-one situations we had some athleticism from our girls. Some of them are really fast,” he said. “Having possession of the ball allowed us to create more opportunities.”
Pereira said in their previous games that the team played well, but were unable to close the deal. He said in the first game against Naugatuck, which they lost 0-2, the team lost the game in the final moments. However, for the majority of the game it was a very close contest.
The Falcons struggled against Holy Cross losing 8-2, but played well against Plainville only losing 1-0. Pereira said the team “didn’t deserve to lose” against Plainville.
He said despite the early losses this season, their win over Derby gave them confidence which they will need throughout the season. He said with the team being as young as it is, their confidence will make up for their inexperience.
“The more we score goals the more their confidence will build,” Pereira said. “We need to finish when we have the opportunity to win so this will help their confidence.”
He said everyday they are working, they are building their confidence and getting better as a team.
“I’m looking forward to midway through the season to see a stronger team,” he said.