Despite the disappointment of losing such a tight game, Leary said he was proud of how his team competed, and that he wouldn’t change anything in practice. He congratulated the Newburyport defense for their play.
“We had a couple good looks at the goal with under two minutes,” Leary said. “But Guthro for [Newburyport] is a great goalie and he just ate the shots right up.”
Newburyport coach Ed Gaudiano lauded the Pentucket team and acknowledged that their aggressive offense in the first quarter gave his team trouble.
“I think in the beginning of the game, we didn’t hustle as much as we should’ve on ground balls and gave them a little more possession time than we’d like to,” he said. “Once we got the offense going, we really started to do the things we wanted to do down there.”
Gaudiano said he would continue to drill his players in recapturing ground balls, so that the team can play to their offensive strengths.
“We feel that once we have possession of the ball in our offensive end, we’ll match up against anybody,” he said.
With the win, Newburyport improves to 5-1 on the season, while Pentucket drops to 4-2. The Clippers will be back in action on Tuesday when they face North Reading at home starting at 4 p.m., while the Sachems will make up a game at Manchester Essex this Monday at 3:45 p.m.