“We grew a little today — and we really needed it,” said Padovani. “Beverly is a much bigger, stronger team than North Shore Tech. I don’t want to take anything away from this team, but they were easier for us to handle. We scored early, and that was important because we needed to get our confidence up. We were very down after that loss, and I liked what I saw from a lot of the young guys.”
Fenwick kept the pressure on and added three quick goals by captain Alex Baker, Arapi (on a penalty shot) and Belleville early in the second half. Belleville made a nifty move to get in alone before lifting the ball into the left corner.
Sophomore Sam Desmarais was the smallest player on the field, but also one of the hardest workers. His hustle paid off with a goal. Junior Conner Alexander and freshman Shawn Carlson also found the back of the net for Bishop Fenwick.
“We have a lot of seniors on this team (11) and a lot of leadership,” said Enos, one of the Crusader captains. “Today a lot of our young guys came through. Desmarais is always in there working; it was good to see him score.”
Fenwick goalie Ryan Trott was only called upon to make a few saves as his defense did a good job breaking up threats. His best stop was a diving grab to smother a shot by sophomore Josh Zwiercan in the first half.
“Josh is good up top, and he made some nice runs,” said Spruance. “He’s got speed. Ryan Clement and Nathan Espinal were strong on defense, and Dylan Petit (midfielder) played well.”