While Eagar was great in net for Hamilton-Wenham, St. Mary’s was battling through some goalie difficulties. The Spartans’ standout starter, Helio Neto of Salem, broke his hand a few games ago and couldn’t play last night. After playing two games with the injury, Neto was set to have surgery on the hand today.
St. Mary’s was forced to turn to its leading goal scorer, freshman Josh Bertrand, to make the saves last night. He played the first half, then moved back to forward in the second half when junior defender Erik Whitcomb stepped in goal.
“It’s hard without your starting goalkeeper in net,” St. Mary’s (12-5-4) coach Mike D’Agostino said. “We definitely controlled the pace of the game in the middle. They got a nice goal in the first half and we came back.”
Junior midfielder Noah Camelo pulled the Spartans even early in the second half with a 30-yard smash that Eagar couldn’t get to. But Hamilton-Wenham came through with a quick answer when Russell Grigorian sent a ball out front that Dowd finished about eight minutes afterwards.
“It was just awesome. They had that left-footed blast to tie it up and it kind of took the wind out of our sails, but we came back with an answer of our own,” Gauron said. “You prepare as best you can, but you never know what’s going to happen in these games with the season on the line.”
A Hamilton-Wenham shot hit the crossbar and Whitcomb blocked the rebound before Bertagna delivered the Generals’ third goal.
Now, the Generals will play for the North title against a Georgetown team that they tied, 1-1, earlier this season.
“They’re a strong team, an older group,” Gauron said. “They’re a good squad, they play hard, they’re physical and anything can happen.”