Eagles pull away late
"I told them they needed to get it together," Wood said. "We had to make something happen."
The Eagles responded and took charge, getting two goals from Becca Bushee in breakout second half to beat the Division-II Slaters, 3-1, and take third place in the tournament.
Fair Haven coach Peter Roach said he told his team that Arlington would come out fired up for the second half.
"It's their tournament on their home field," Roach said. "I knew [Arlington] wouldn't come out flat," Roach said. "We controlled most of the first half, but didn't come out fast in the second."
The Eagles (4-2), after outshooting Fair Haven in the first half but not scoring, finally got on the board 1 minute 15 seconds after the break. Senior captain Rayleen Sherman got a pass from midfield and beat her defender for an open shot at Fair Haven's goalie. Sherman floated the ball into the net for her team-best ninth goal of the year and a 1-0 lead.
"Rayleen's score came just from pure guts," Wood said.
The Slaters (0-8-1) equalized at the 33:52 mark with a wacky bounce.
Off a deflection, senior Heather Dalto went in on goal but didn't get a full shot on the ball because of tight Arlington defense. The ball bounced in front of Arlington netminder Hannah Andrew higher than she expected. She got a hand on it, but the ball made its way into the goal.
"We got a good bounce and we're lucky to see that," Roach said.
Three minutes later, Arlington came back, scoring the eventual game-winner from the foot of Bushee. Sherman made a run toward the near post and crossed it through two Fair Haven defenders to Bushee, where she booted it in for a 2-1 lead.
"We accounted for Sherman and [Molly] Elwell, but you can't account for everyone.," Roach said. "I think we were a little tired and it was just the perfect storm. Rayleen put it into another gear."
Using long passes to get through the Arlington defense, Fair Haven made a couple of runs on net, but the Eagle back line, including Jennah Lacoste, were up to the task clearing the ball.
After one of those plays, Elwell got the ball on the right side, beat two defenders solely using fancy footwork and worked it toward the net, then crossed to Bushee for a header to effectively ice it for the Eagles with 14:15 left.
"Molly made a great run up the side and Becca was in the perfect spot to capitalize," Wood said.
Andrew made six saves for Arlington, which outshot Fair Haven, 21-7, and forced 18 saves from goalkeeper Hunder Pedro.
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