GLOUCESTER — The Gloucester Fishermen boys soccer team came into Tuesday’s Senior Night game against Danvers wanting to accomplish a few things.
First and foremost the Fishermen wanted to send their seniors home on a high note. The team also wanted to prove that its last game against rival and NEC Small champion Danvers, a 1-1 tie in Danvers, was no fluke and it wanted show the rest of the Northeastern Conference that it is a team that shouldn’t be taken lightly going into the post-season.
Although the Falcons spoiled senior night with a 2-1 victory at New Balance Track and Field at Newell Stadium, the Fishermen still accomplished their latter two goals controlling play against a Danvers team that has just one loss all season and looks to be on its way to a high seed in the Division 2 North State Tournament.
The Falcons came into tonight’s make-up game with heavy-hearts as they mourn the loss of beloved teacher Colleen Ritzer, who was murdered last week by a 14 year old student, they clearly wanted a win in their first game back from the lay-off.
The Fishermen (7-6-3) played great defense the entire game and outplayed their division rivals for the majority of the contest. But the NEC Small champions never gave up and took advantage of Gloucester’s missed opportunities with the game-winning goal coming in the 72nd minute of the game to break a 1-1 tie and preserve a 2-1 win.
The Falcons scored their first goal quickly, finding the back of the net in the second minute of the game on a goal from forward Nikolay Sakhin. But the Fishermen picked up their defensive execution from there and a huge left handed glove save by Sophomore Goalkeeper Treigh Worell in the 14th minute kept it 1-0 and helped shift the momentum the Fishermen’s way.