Trailing by three goals to a powerful team like Concord-Carlisle would have been enough for most teams to just pack away their cleats and shin guards and head for home.
The Falcons refused to lay down, however.
“We had a conversation in the huddle when we were down 4-1. It got a little heated and we were getting on them about the want and desire to win balls and play hard,” Chase said. “We started playing and the kids started coming together.”
Martin knocked in a header off a corner kick with three minutes to play in the first half to draw the Falcons closer.
Concord-Carlisle’s Wyatt Powell pushed his team’s lead back to three goals, 5-2, early in the second half, but Danvers kept the heat on their guests the rest of the way.
Several good chances resulted in a Drew Piazza goal off a ball that was sent into the box by Martin.
Danvers had more chances down the stretch, including Nick Lebel hitting the right post with a shot in the final 10 minutes.
“We just couldn’t get it back to one goal,” Chase said. “They had a hand ball that was missed in the box and with the shot off the post, that was two opportunities right there.
“I’m just proud of the way we finished, not the way we started.”
Even though Concord-Carlisle faced a lot of pressure in the final minutes, the Patriots knew how to close it out.
“We’re tournament tested. These guys have had big tournament runs the last couple years, so they have experience,” Pavlik said. “It’s about composure and execution at the right time. It’s about doing the right thing and being smart and not giving things away. We wanted to make sure if they were going to score, they were going to earn it.”