Steriti had the difficult task of covering Woods, who somehow always seemed to have the ball on her stick. The Big Blue tried to keep it away from her, but she was all over the field working hard.
“She’s a phenomenal player and is always around the ball,” Steriti, who has verbally committed to play at Union College, said of Woods. “Marking her was a big challenge; it’s hard to do, but I love the challenge.
“This is a very big win for us, a huge accomplishment. It was such an exciting game, especially how it ended.”
After capitalizing on a rare corner opportunity, the Big Blue seldom put any pressure on Beverly, and play was in its end of the field the majority of the time. That’s when the defense took over, time and again breaking up scoring bids by the Panthers.
“I have to give a shoutout to my entire defense,” Channen said. “Tessa Beane and Angela Videtta had the best games of their lives. Lisa Vu has been consistently strong, and Walker was outstanding at stopper. Left wing Annie Kane did a great job bringing the ball down, and right mid Danielle Maybloom had a very strong game.
“Beverly played their hearts out, and we certainly didn’t want to see the game end like that with (Flaherty) hurt. I think she hit her head on my girl’s shoulder.”
Murphy said the Panthers certainly had multiple chances to score, but trouble finishing off ultimately cost them a win.
“This was a loss, but also a learning opportunity ... and not the end of the world,” Murphy said. “We’ll talk about what we can improve on, because we want to still be playing deep into the (upcoming state) tournament.”