Demarest is no stranger to engaging in tight battles and displaying toughness against opponents, as it entered the week having been involved in six one-goal contests.
The Norsemen were 1-5 in such games, however, and hoped to turn their fortunes around against another North Jersey foe.
Stephen Howard’s goal midway through the second half snapped a tie and handed Demarest a thrilling, 2-1 victory over Fair Lawn on Tuesday afternoon.
The boys soccer showdown was live-streamed exclusively on MSGVarsity.com.
Greg Weisman played inspired soccer for Fair Lawn, giving the home team a 1-0 lead early in the first. However, Demarest evened the contest when Zac Rubizhevski tallied in the latter stages of that session.
Midway through the second, Howard unleashed a free kick from the left side of the field that found its way to traffic in front of the net and bounced in for the eventual game-winner.
“I think we were a little lucky on that free kick,” Norsemen captain Dan Endo said.
Demarest was coming off a 2-0 loss to juggernaut Ramapo last week, and had gone 0-4-1 in its previous five matches.
“I think we need to work on our passing,” Endo added. “We need to work hard and work together as a team. We just have to keep pushing through.”
Meanwhile, Fair Lawn was also struggling to make its strong defensive play translate in the win column. The Cutters took St. Joseph Regional to overtime in its last game, but fell, 2-1.
Prior to that contest, they suffered setbacks to Bergen Tech, Old Tappan, Ridgewood and Paramus since their last victory on October 1 over Hudson Catholic.
With this loss, the Cutters fell to 2-14.
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