“I was very proud of how we played in the first half,” said Beverly coach Kristin Simpson. “The middle of the field was really cluttered and once we started to spread out and break them down, we got our opportunities. I was really proud of how we worked the ball through.”
In the 34th minute, Cook did some dribbling to carry herself into the box. She found Harty in front of the net and the Holy Cross-bound senior finished to give the Panthers a commanding 3-0 edge.
“Our clears went to them and next thing you know it’s 3-0,” said Higgins. “We had about 12 minutes of hiccup and it was a mighty big hiccup because they punished us.”
Harty scored her 48th of the season in the opening two minutes of the second half when Gourdeau sprung her for a long run up the right side. At 4-0, Beverly was well on its way to making back-to-back semi trips for the first time since 1996-97.
“Caitlin’s speed sets her apart, but technically she’s so good with her feet, too,” said Simpson, who was thrilled to see the variety of styles of goals her team created.
“To have Caitlin, Casey and Eva in that triangle, it’s so many weapons and they’re hard to mark because they’re all so smart. I love having Rose on the wing because she can attack and she also does a great job of getting back.”
Beverly played a bit tentative in the second half, especially after Sarah Visnick was injured. Woburn junior Kaycie Burke scored in the 70th minute to make it 4-1, but Beverly’s mids (the stout Maddie Curran, Caitlyn Munzing and Meghan Berking) didn’t give the Tanners enough possession to create the chances they needed to get back in the game.