Highlighted by a beautiful goal from Erick Pereira, Deering defeated Marshwood 3-1 in Class A boys’ soccer on Tuesday.

“I’m just really happy about the Heal points,” said Deering Coach Joel Costigan. “(Marshwood) is a quality team to beat and it’s one of the teams we need to beat.”

With 1:37 left in the first half and the score tied at 1, Pereira made a terrific move to fake out a defender and launched his shot from beyond the 30-yard line.

“I saw the space and I decided to go for it,” said Pereira.

The ball tucked in under the upper right corner of the net, out of the diving reach of Marshwood goalkeeper Sam Leathe, giving Deering a 2-1 advantage heading into halftime.

“I saw (the right side) was open so that’s where I went with it,” said Pereira.

“(That goal) was huge,” said Costigan. “It carried, into the second half, our play and our level of energy.”

Leathe made seven saves for the Hawks (7-3).

Deering (9-0-1) got an insurance goal with 4:38 left in the game from Connor Doane.

“I was looking at the clock and how Marshwood was continuing to pressure us,” said Costigan.

“When Connor put in that goal off of Iessa’s (Ramadan) pass it allowed me to say: ‘all right guys, get back to the bench. So, very important.’ ”

The Rams got the scoring started with 18:57 left in the first half.

Nick James, from the left side of the net, buried a rebound after Leathe saved a hard shot from the right side by Ramadan.

“Iessa is so dangerous,” said Marshwood Coach Ben Deschene. “When you go to throw another man at him, it opens some things up in the middle for (Deering).”

Marshwood answered a little over six minutes later on a goal from Henry Honkonen, a rebound off a shot that hit the crossbar by Max Berman to tie the game at 1-1.

“It was a really heads up play to play it quickly, take the shot and (Honkonen) put the shot in,” said Deschene.

“They’re a very good team. I thought it was a pretty close game.

“They scored and we didn’t a couple times,” said Deschene.

Deering outshot Marshwood 12-8.

“I thought we carried play the majority of the game but (Marshwood) was very organized. They have a strong midfield, they play very smart,” said Costigan.

“So they’re going to be a very dangerous team moving forward for a lot of teams.”

“(Deering) is one of the best teams there is in Class A, we’re neck and neck with them,” said Deschene.