Forward Shannon Pohle had a wide open shot attempt, as Harrington was on the ground, but somehow Nasser got back in time to kick the ball out and hold onto the lead.
Fenwick’s defense, led by Nasser, played much tighter in the second half to preserve the win. With St. Mary’s just up ahead, it will be a real battle for the Crusaders, who always seem to have trouble against the Spartans.
”We’re really focused on one game at a time and one win at a time,” Guillemette noted. “St. Mary’s is real good team and they always play us hard. It’s not going to be easy. We know that every game forward is a fight, it’s a battle and that’s what you get in the tournament too.”
Meanwhile, Danvers is looking for just one more point to qualify. The Falcons can do so in tomorrow’s game against Winthrop with either a win or a tie.
”It wasn’t us playing the game,” Danvers head coach Jimmy Hinchion noted. “It wasn’t the way we’ve been playing. I feel like since that second half against Beverly, we’ve taken a lot of steps forward and this was step back.
”We weren’t sharp to open the game. I told the girls that we spotted them (Fenwick) a half. We just didn’t play our game and gave up a goal where we shouldn’t have. But we weren’t playing attacking soccer either, the second half we started to show glimpses of it. I loved our effort in the last five or 10 minutes of the game, but it just wasn’t there in the first half.”
The Falcons are looking to win the Northeastern Conference Small again this season, and currently have a slight advantage over Marblehead, which they hope to hang onto.