BEVERLY— It wasn't the most skillful win, but the Beverly boys soccer team will take yesterday's 2-1 victory over visiting Revere.
After a hold was called on the Patriots during a Beverly corner kick, the Panthers were allotted a penalty kick, which senior captain Conor Leahy took and made to put his club up 1-0 in the middle of the first half.
Though there weren't many other scoring opportunities for either team, Nate McGlaughlin took it upon himself to extend the Panthers' lead in the second half. McGlaughlin created space down the right side of the field and dribbled his way past defenders to put Beverly up by a pair goals.
The Patriots capitalized on an opportunity of their own late in the game to cut the deficit to within a goal, which gave them an extra push at the end as they searched for the equalizer.
"It feels good to get the win," said Beverly head coach Kevin Leahy whose team has already doubled its win total from last season with a 4-1-2 record.
"I said it all game though, we didn't come to play. I thought Revere outplayed us for most of the game. We settled down a little bit more in the second half and were able to score a goal, but we're much better than we showed today." Sophomore keeper Justin Carnavale turned away a handful of shots as the Patriots found ways to break through the defense."It's frustrating as a coach, when guys can play better than we did (yesterday)," said Leahy. "We'll take the win, Revere's a very skilled team, so we'll take it and keep smiling"