Sep 12 at 9:31 PM
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NORTH BERWICK, Maine — Patience is a virtue, but sometimes it can test your limits.
It severely tested the Marshwood High School boys soccer team on Tuesday, who eventually struck for two second-half goals to beat Class A South rival Noble, 3-1.
But it took some doing — and some time.
The Hawks (3-2) scored in the third minute to go up 1-0 on a goal by Turner Goodenough.
Noble sophomore Gavin Mason tied it up in the sixth minute, and it stayed that way for over 50 minutes.
Certainly not for lack of trying for the Hawks, who peppered the Noble goal, but they were repelled each time — either by a fine save by goalie Noah Safford, a wide or high shot, or some stout Knight defense led by Aydin Fitchett, who blocked at least three shots and had several solid sliding tackles.
But Marshwood finally broke through in the 57th minute when Jason Janetos, who failed to score on several golden opportunities, at long last cashed in on a shot from the top left of the 18 that found its way through Safford’s hands and into the right corner.
“It gets to you,” Janetos said of the long scoring drought with so much pressure. ”(Coach Ben) Deschene said at halftime if we keep pressuring them it will come. Their goalie will eventually break. It did and we scored, two more times.”
Twelve minutes later, Daniel Bosse added an insurance goal. Neil Letellier made a sweet crossing pass that pinballed inside the box and then bounced right to a wide-open Bosse, who placed it into the vacant left corner for the two-goal lead.
“We could breath a little easier for the first time all game,” said Deschene.
Marshwood outshot Noble (0-5), 18 to 3, in the first half and enjoyed a huge advantage overall in corner kicks (10 to 1).
“We either hit it over, hit it wide or right at the keeper a couple times,” Deschene said. “He made a couple of really good saves, and they had a couple of defenders who filled in when the keeper went out that actually protected the net. I do credit their defense and their goalie. But we did have a lot of shots, and just couldn’t seem to break through.”
Noble had its chances, too, although they were fewer. Still there were several scrambles in front where Marshwood goalie Chase Gagnon was able to clear a ball that could have been troublesome.
Both teams had excellent chances in the opening minutes of the second half.
Safford made a nice diving stop on a breakaway chance by Janetos.
The Knights had their best chance several minutes later when Gagnon stopped a shot close in by Matt Chambers, and Nolan Winston boomed the rebound over the net.
After Janetos scored, he nearly got a second goal, but Safford made the save and Marshwood’s Aidan Berman hit the left post.
Gagnon was injured during a collision early in the second half and had to leave the game; he had two saves.
The Hawks’ utility guy, Henry Honkonen, came in and played solid in goal until he was lifted in the final five minutes with the lead 3-1.
Safford made 10 saves for the Knights.