Masco senior striker P.J. Criscione found the back of the net through traffic from inside the box with six minutes to play in the game to go up 2-0. The score was Criscione’s second of the tournament, the other a double overtime game winner on Sunday.
“I used to play hockey and was good at getting in front of the net and put away the rebounds. I like to do the same thing in soccer and it’s really carried over,” noted Criscione. “I like to be in front of the net, because that’s where the goals are scored in the playoffs.”
Stephen Pease sealed the win for Masco with seconds left on the clock after he rifled off a shot from 30 yards out.
Bornstein made 11 saves in net for the Falcons and played far beyond his years. Only a sophomore, Bornstein was aggressive when he needed to be and kept Danvers in the game.
“He played tremendous,” Chase said. “For a sophomore to come out and look as good as he did, that’s the first thing (Masco coach) Dave Mitchell said to me was that our goalie played outstanding. So he really stepped up.”
The shutout was Masco’s 17th of the season as keeper Willie Stewart made nine saves.
Danvers defenders Matt Kidney and Kyle Cahill looked sharp in front of Bornstein, while Caio Silva, Nikolay Sakhin and Jackson McPherson helped neutralize things in the midfield.
“This has probably been, in all my years coaching, the biggest team effort I’ve been a part of,” added Chase. “There’s five or six guys that come off the bench regularly and I typically never sub. I’ve been coaching for 10 years now and this is the best group of guys I’ve worked with.”