Prior to that, the Falcons outshot Beverly 6-2 in the second half, with Panther keeper Kyra Wolonsavich coming up with a couple of point-blank saves.
“We played so well in the second half, but you can’t get those chances back,” said Hinchion, whose team has fallen to Beverly twice. “We weren’t sharp; once you tie it up, you have to lock it down and that’s frustrating. We played better, but we’re capable of more and I’d like to see us respond to these challenges.”
Harty opened the scoring just three minutes in. Fellow captain Diandra Crowley took a free kick from about 45 yards away that sailed over the Danvers wall and bounced around before finding Harty open on the left side for her 21st goal of the season.
Falcon keeper Leah Ciampa made four saves in the first half, including two from close proximity on Harty and one on Gourdeau, to keep it a one-goal game.
“We had a really good first half and we adjusted to their formation, three in the middle, very well,” said Simpson. “In the second half, they made some adjustments and we struggled for a bit.”
Beverly’s off-ball defense was outstanding, however, as Crowley, Kadrianna Letts, Rose Terner and Visnick took away open looks despite Danvers’ possession advantage. Wolonsavich did a good job directing traffic in front of her net as the Panthers displayed the kind of defense that’s helped them allow just two goals in their last seven games.
“Vocally, Kyra is great and communication has been a strong point,” said Simpson. “I have to give Danvers credit. They put a lot of pressure on us and were just kicking it out of our end instead of getting good balls. When we finally settled down and found out feet, we got better.”