BEVERLY 2, Northeast Metro 1 (2 OT): Senior captain and midfielder Graham Doherty scored the game-winning goal midway through the second overtime as the 12th seeded Panthers (11-8-2) captured their first playoff victory since 2005.
The play started off a long throw-in by Beverly (11-8-2). After winning the ensuing head ball, there was a mad scramble when the ball hit the ground and Doherty found it and tucked his shot in the corner of the Northeast net for his second goal of the season.
Senior Sean Curtin, Beverly’s leading scorer, tied the game with a second half strike by tucking home a shot out front.
“We were down at halftime (1-0) but didn’t panic,” said head coach Sean Leahy, whose team is making its second straight tournament appearance after a seven-year drought. “We had been pressing them but just didn’t get lucky. So we told our midfielders and forwards to stay calm and keep taking shots ... and finally connected in the second half.”
Justin Carnevale, Beverly’s all-conference goalkeeper, made nine saves in the win. Sophomore sweeper Christian Goodwin had “a fabulous game”, according to Leahy, as did senior Ryan Santos at center midfield and senior captain Jack Atherton on defense.
The Panthers will now face fourth-seeded Concord-Carlisle (14-1-2) tomorrow in Concord at 4 p.m.
North Reading 1, Marblehead 0: The Magicians’ (11-6-3) season came to an end after tough loss to third seeded Wilmington in yesterday’s Division 3 North quarterfinals contest. Pierce Law made six saves for Marblehead.
Georgetown 3, Ipswich 1: The 13th seeded Tigers (9-9-2) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in yesterday’s Division 4 North semifinals, but Georgetown quickly responded with three unanswered goals.
Newburyport 1, Ipswich 1: The eighth seeded Tigers finished out their 2013 campaign at 9-5-6 overall after falling to top seeded Newburyport in the Division 3 North quarterfinals yesterday. The Clippers, who remain undefeated still, scored both goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half to trump Ipswich.
“Newburyport is a really tough opponent and I’m so proud of my entire team to keep it scoreless for the first half,” said Ipswich head coach Nancy Waddell. “The girls played with a lot of heart and it was a great team effort.”
North Andover 3, Masconomet 0: The Chieftains (13-8) were swept in straights sets.