By John Doyle
September 10. 2014 2:00AM
Marshwood boys strike late to beat rival Noble
NORTH BERWICK, Maine — The Marshwood High School boys soccer team earned its first win of the season on Tuesday, but it came at a cost.
The Hawks scored goals in the 71st and 74th minutes to pull away for a 3-1 win at rival Noble, but senior midfielder Cole McIntire was injured early in the match.
McIntire, a senior who returned to the Hawks after playing the past two seasons with the Seacoast United club team, suffered a broken collarbone, according to coach Ben Deschene. The injury occurred when McIntire landed on his left shoulder after stumbling over Noble goalie Zach White.
“He would have been one of the best players in Class A, East or West,” Deschene said. “It’s going to really test us. We got a lot of good players and now people are going to have to step up into new roles.”
Noble didn’t emerge from the match unscathed, either. In the second half, senior midfielder Baily McKenna and sophomore defender Bailey Coull were both hurt on separate occasions and were helped off the field. Late in the game, senior defender Jamal Durrani limped off the field after suffering what appeared to be a leg cramp.
The injuries overshadowed a tight and well-played match between the two rivals. Marshwood’s Kyle Claus scored the game-winner in the 71st minute when he broke free down the left wing and fired the ball into the far side of the net to break a 1-1 tie.
“I try to stay on the outside,” Claus said about his first goal of the season. “I just got behind the ‘D,’ got the split-through and went toward the net, saw the goalie was on the left side so I just kicked it to the right and it went in.”
The Hawks added an insurance goal three minutes later when Gus Leisentritt got past his last defender and rolled a shot past a diving White for a 3-1 lead.
“We’ve been focused on battling adversity,” Deschene said. “I think the boys responded today. (Noble) scored that goal and we came back with two quick ones.”
Marshwood goalie Sam Leathe made six saves.
“This was a good momentum builder,” Leathe said. “I think we really needed it.”
Marshwood, which was coming off a season-opening 1-0 loss to Gorham last week, opened the scoring on Tuesday in the 23rd minute when Henry Herbold buried it with an assist from Zach Wilson. The Hawks took the 1-0 lead into the halftime break.
“We didn’t play very well in the first half,” Noble coach Matt Foster said. “They came ready and we didn’t, which, for a rivalry game, is unexplainable. As the head guy, I have to take the fall for that one.”
Noble got the equalizer in the 60th minute, when senior forward Josh Emard slammed home a rebound on a sequence that started with a well-placed corner kick by senior midfielder Sam Morse.
McKenna had two of Noble’s best scoring chances early in the second half before getting hurt. A point-blank shot in front of the goal was saved by Leathe in the 45th minute. Two minutes later, McKenna got free with the ball inside the box, but his shot from an angle to the far side of the net went wide. Emard sent a shot over the crossbar in the final minutes of the match.
“We got fired up at halftime,” Foster said. “Two of our top three players sitting on the bench when you’re trying to come back is tough, but our guys battled.”
Both teams are 1-1 and both are in action on Thursday. Marshwood hosts Cheverus while Noble visits Thornton Academy.