Despite a rough start, the Concord-Carlisle Patriots secured a narrow victory against the Wayland Warriors last Tuesday at Doug White Field.
The Patriots fell behind early before pulling ahead in a slim lead of 3-2. Missing several scoring opportunities with dropped balls, errant passes and missed shots on goal prevented them from cementing their advantage.
"The first five minutes of each game have been a challenge for the team," said Coach Morrison of Concord-Carlisle. Patriots goalie Greta White was key in helping maintain their one goal lead with seven saves. At the half, the margin widened slightly to 6-4 in favor of Concord-Carlisle.
Both teams upped their offense in the second half and the match went down to the wire. With 12 minutes remaining the Patriots finally broke free with a four goal scoring run making the game 12-8.
Ill timed turnovers continued to plague the Patriots, allowing the Warriors to close the six point gap (15-9) to four by scoring two more goals in the last two minutes of the game.
The win was too close for Morrison's comfort - though praising the team's offense and defense, "there were too many times when we played inconsistent today. There are not a lot of games where you can turn the ball over twenty times and come out on top. That tells me we have a lot of work to do.”