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October 9, 2012

St. John's Prep soccer wins clash of local powers, hands Danvers first loss

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Danvers came out firing in the second half with a difference offensive look. Chase moved Martin up to the forward line, which allowed his team to get him the ball up top in order to create some chances in front of the goal.

Captain Matt Hogan saw some space up field and made an indirect pass to Martin. The senior captain blasted a shot past Prep goalie Ben Alpern to put the Falcons on the board, 2-1.

“As soon as the ball got up top, I felt like we losing possession,” explained Chase. “Eric was getting bogged down in the middle, so I just thought that if we could get him up on a 1-on-1 situation, we’d get that offensive push. I thought he played fantastic considering the strength of their defenders.”

Martin created space up the left side of the field for himself, where previously there was no space to be had. Even with three Eagle defenders on him, he was able to make the push and somehow get a shot on goal.

But Clark put the contest away for the Prep on another penalty kick, this time beating Larsen on the far right side.

The Prep’s Alpern has allowed just four goals through the first 11 games and has recorded eight shutouts.

“This wasn’t just a big game for them, it was a big game for us,” said Crowell, whose team qualified for the state tournament after last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Andover.

“That’s a good team. We have a lot respect for Martin and the whole team, and they showed what they’re capable of. So this was a big game for us. It’s bragging rights.”

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