Danvers v. Marblehead, 10/21/19
Danvers 6 Marblehead 0
Salem News Coverage
The Danvers Varsity Girls Soccer Team traveled to Marblehead Monday night for a 7:00 match. The Falcons beat the Magicians 3-0 the first time around at Home. Tonight was Marblehead's senior night and they honored the 7 Falcon seniors be giving each flowers.
Danvers kept up with their tradition of scoring very early in the match. Junior Riley DiGilio scored in the 4th minute off an assist from senior captain, Becca Rocker. That would be the only goal the Falcons would need in this one. 11 minutes later DiGilio got her second of the game off an assist from sophomore Arianna Bezanson to make it 2-0. Marblehead put up a very good fight and kept it a game throughout the first half. Danvers keeper Kylie MacCormack made 2 saves to keep the Magicians off the score board. Center backs Livvi Anderson and Sam Pelletier did well to clean up any mistakes in the Danvers end of the field. Forward, Reese Pszenny had some nifty footwork and some good chances in the attack, but the visitors were held to the 2 goals through halftime.
"We played well, but the game was getting very physical and I felt we could play better if we moved the ball quicker. We needed to keep the ball on the ground more to negate the huge height advantage Marblehead had on us."
Freshman Mikayla Shaffaval scored a much needed goal off a bad clear by Marblehead from about 25 yards out 3 minutes into the second half. The goal, unassisted, put the Falcons up 3-0. 3 minutes later, DiGilio finished off a hat trick when she punched home her 3rd goal assisted by Bezanson. In the 12th minute of the half, junior Julia Vaillancourt put home another errant clear by the Marblehead defense to put Danvers up 5. Midway through the second half Arianna Bezanson made it a 3 point night for herself when she scored on an assist by senior captain Abbi Clickstein to make the score 6-0. MacCormack made 3 more saves in the second half to keep the shutout in tact, the 10 of the year for Danvers. Vaillancourt, Avery Scharffenberg, Julia Ryan and Mia Jordan controlled the middle of the field throughout the half and Haley Murphy used her speed to get behind the Marblehead defense several times in the half. Shaffaval and sophomore Emma Dunn stepped up defensively to break up any Marblehead attacks. The game ended 6-0 and the Falcons improved to 13-1-2 on the season.
"Marblehead is a good team and they're very well coached. We attacked well tonight, especially in the second half. Riley had a super night for us with the 3 goals and I thought MacCormack, Shaffaval and Vaillaincourt all stood out for us tonight."
Danvers next hosts Gloucester Wednesday afternoon.