Beverly’s three goals were the most Peabody had given up in a single game this season.
“We knew that this game was going to be the turning for us,” explained Cook. “I think it was all the energy we had coming in. It was Senior Night; we were all just pumped to get this win over Peabody.”
Peabody excelled in the second half as Sarah Napolitano scored off an Erika Nelson pass just minutes into the final stanza. The Tanners also outshot Beverly over the final 40 minutes, but Beverly goalkeeper Kyra Wolonsavich came up with some timely saves.
“We had so many opportunities on net and it’s been trouble for us all season long just trying to find the back of the net,” noted Peabody head coach Dennis Desroches. “The pressure that we put on Beverly and the way we came back like that, I couldn’t have been more proud of our girls.
“If you told me back in August with this new roster that we’d be in first place (in the NEC) at the end of the year, I’d probably question it. I’m not disappointed about this loss at all. We were right there the entire way.”
Peabody, which won a share of the title in their victory over Salem earlier this week, has won or shared the league crown every year they entered the conference in 2007.