MARBLEHEAD — The wins are slowly but surely starting to come around for the Marblehead boys soccer team this season.
Six games into the 2013 campaign and the Magicians have already seen their fair share of tough opponents, perhaps none bigger than last night’s matchup against the Northeastern Conference Small reigning champion, Danvers.
Marblehead was resilient and established a lead two minutes into the game, which it didn’t relinquish en route to 3-1 victory over the visiting Falcons.
“We’ve had a couple of games that didn’t go our way and it was an effort issue, but this game our boys showed up,” said Marblehead head coach Scott Laramie, whose team stands at 2-2-2 overall.
“It was good to see that we can play that brand of soccer. We’ll definitely take any win we can get our hands on and Danvers (4-1-2) is probably the cream of the crop in our division.”
From the opening whistle, Marblehead showed a strong possession game and capitalized on its opportunities. Kaya Ulcay established a one-goal lead for the Magicians, which they would take into halftime.
Cole Guyre was all over the field for the Magicians, creating scoring chances. One of his shots hit off the crossbar early in the second half, but he put one in the back of the net on a header to give his team a two-goal advantage with 30 minutes to play in the game.
By then the Falcons realized their need to score, and Chris Davis found a long pass up the middle to cut the deficit to one.
“Davis isn’t an everyday guy for us,” said Danvers head coach Mike Chase. “He hasn’t seen a ton of minutes and he’s getting over a concussion, but he came in and gave us everything he could, which was fantastic. He had that goal for us and made a lot of attempts on net.
“You can’t spot a good team two goals like that and expect to come back from it. Those days are over.”
Chase is referring to the abundance of scoring his team was able to produce last year, led by the program’s top goal scorer Eric Martin. However, the Faclons are a completely different team this fall and while this is only their first loss so far, the goals have been hard to come by.
“We have a different perspective this year,” added Chase. “We’re not scoring six or seven goals in a game anymore. So we have to try to find a way to grind out the wins, do the little things and be more defensive minded.”
Both teams had a handful of chances after Danvers scored. Marblehead’s Jacob Wikar beat several defenders along the right side, but shot just wide of the goal, while Ulcay’s penalty kick deflected off the crossbar.
Guyre put it away for Marblehead in the final two minutes when he shot a laser from 40 yards out.
Cam Bornstein (Danvers) and Pierce Law (Marblehead) each had five saves in goal, while Law picked up his second win of the season.
“Pierce came up tremendous for us and you can’t win without goaltending,” noted Laramie.