MANCHESTER-- Coming into Tuesday’s Cape Ann League Small showdown with Ipswich, the Manchester Essex boys soccer team was right in the thick of the clustered CAL Small race, but had yet to pick up a needed signature win over one of the league’s elite.
After Tuesday’s contest at Hyland Field, the Hornets remain near the top of the CAL Small standings, and they now have that big win they were looking for, a hard fought 3-1 triumph over the talented Tigers powered by a pair of second half goals. The win moves Manchester Essex to 2-1-1 on the year, just a point behind first place Rockport and Georgetown in the CAL Small standings. Ipswich, who was tied for the league lead entering Tuesday’s game, falls back to fourth at 2-2.
“It was a great performance from top to bottom,” Hornets head coach Rob Bilsbury said. “We have huge respect for Ipswich, they’re a dangerous team. I wouldn’t say that we made a statement where one team is better than the other but we went out there and played hard from start to finish, executed our game plan and had a great game. It was a total team effort out there, really nice soccer.”
The term “total team effort” may be a bit cliche, but it perfectly sums up the Hornets winning performance on Tuesday.
It all starts with the goal keeper and Alex Taliaferro was lights out on Tuesday making several big stops in both halves against a talented and explosive Tigers offense.
The Manchester Essex defense was also equally up to the task combating Ipswich’s speed with superior position.
The midfield, led by Parker Edington and Sam Nesbit, was rock solid possessing the ball and helping the Hornets get into their offense.
The forwards, led by George Lantz and Lucas Firme, who combined to score all three of the of the Hornets’ goals, showed great chemistry and a nose for the goal in Tuesday’s win.