WEST NEWBURY — Coming off a hard-fought win over Georgetown on Tuesday, a worn-down Newburyport team pulled out a key 14-8 win on the road against Pentucket yesterday at Pipestave Hill field.
“We started off a little bit slow and I could tell the girls were tired because of some of the bobbles and dropped balls, but they definitely dug deep and I thought it was a good win,” said Newburyport coach Catherine Batchelder.
Newburyport (6-4) got on the board early as sophomore Olivia Kearney opened the game with a goal within the first few minutes, and shortly afterward senior Ali Peffer scored the first of her six goals to put the Clippers up 2-0.
Pentucket (4-7) responded a couple of minutes later, as freshman Erin Mikson won a battle in front of the net and beat Newburyport goalie Izzy Sarra to score the Sachems’ first goal. Mikson then won the ensuing faceoff at midfield, ran almost untouched back down to the Newburyport net and scored again to tie the game.
The game wouldn’t remain tied for long, however, after Newburyport senior Julia Kipp won the faceoff after Mikson’s second goal and then matched her scoring run down the field. Kipp’s goal — the first of five on the day — put the Clippers up 3-2, and as it turned out, gave her team the lead for good.
Newburyport outscored Pentucket five to one over the remainder of the first half, with Peffer scoring three more goals and Kipp and senior Brenna Williams each scoring one. Pentucket’s Jackie Brennan scored the Sachems’ lone remaining goal as the Clippers went into halftime up 8-3.
Pentucket wasn’t finished, though, as the Sachems came out of the break with a renewed energy and a drive to make the game competitive again. Jess Lusty and Grace Dore each scored goals in quick succession for Pentucket, and just like that the Sachems were down only 8-5.