PEABODY— It’s that time in the soccer season when teams feel that little extra push to qualify for the state tournament. Every point matters with just over a week left on the regular season schedule.
Bishop Fenwick girls are one of those teams right on the cusp of a playoff berth. After Saturday’s 2-1 win over Stoneham, the Crusaders kept up the intense effort and blanked Danvers at home yesterday, 1-0. At 7-5-1 overall, they’re looking for one more victory and hoping that it will come tomorrow against arch rival St. Mary’s.
”We really turned the corner in Saturday’s win,” said Fenwick head coach Karen Guillemette. “We’d been struggling, kind of down and had lost a couple. On Saturday we really felt like we started over and the kids have really responded to it, with two wins in a row. We stopped caring about the past and have been playing great ever since.”
Freshman Emily Charette scored the games only goal yesterday at Donaldson Field off a corner kick with seven minutes to play in the opening half and the Crusaders were able to hold off Danvers’ 17 second half shots for the shutout.
”We wanted this one bad,” explained junior defender Jenny Nasser. “We fought hard. Danvers had a lot of opportunities, but our all-around team effort was stellar.”
Keeper Merry Harrington was back between the pipes after missing a handful of games due to a concussion. She had more than 20 saves in her first game back and was spectacular for her team yesterday.
”It’s so good to back,” Harrington. “Practice on Monday was a little bit of struggle getting back into things, but I felt great in the game. Danvers tried really hard to knock one in at the end to tie the game, but we held them.”