GLOUCESTER— The Gloucester boys soccer team has run out of room for error.
With a 4-1 loss to Marblehead Tuesday at Magnolia Woods, the Fishermen were pushed to the brink of elimination when it comes to a state tournament berth. Gloucester, a team that started the year at 3-0-2 and has gone 3-8 since, falls to 6-8-2 with the loss and will need a win in each of its final two games to qualify for the state tournament. Two wins over the next two games will be a tall task for Gloucester, as it travels to NEC Small champion Danvers tonight (6:30 p.m.), a team that beat Gloucester 2-0 earlier in the season and has just one loss in conference play this season. If the Fishermen can pull out a win tonight, they will face a win or go home game against Saugus on Saturday morning at Gordon College (9:00 a.m.).
Missed opportunities were the story of the game for Gloucester as it dominated play for the vast majority of the game. Most of the contest was played in front of the Marblehead goal thanks to Gloucester’s control of the midfield and relentless offensive pressure.
“We actually did play a pretty good game for most of the contest, but again our decision making and our huge lapses cost us,” Gloucester head coach Art Simms said. “It’s a little discouraging, the effort was there and we had our moments. Hopefully we come out (tonight) and play strong, the team knows what it needs to do and know it can be done.”
Offensively Gloucester held a 20-8 shot advantage. Of those 20 shots, however, just five of them were on net. On the other hand the Magicians put all of of their shots on goal and buried four of them.
The Gloucester offense, led by Calvin Kipruto, Cal Cosgrove, Matt Carpenter and Alex Davis, controlled possession throughout while peppering the Marblehead goal with scoring opportunity after scoring opportunity.