DHS Soccer Girls Game Reports - Danvers vs. Marblehead @ DHS
September 13, 2019
The Danvers Girls Varsity Soccer Team hosted Marblehead Friday evening. Danvers was coming off a frustrating loss to Beverly and was looking to get an important league win. The Falcons wasted no time at all as they got the eventual game winning goal only 2 minutes into the game. Sophomore winger Riley DiGilio crossed a pass from her right side of the field that found senior captain Abby Cash all alone in front of the net. Cash one timed a beautiful left footed shot home to give her team the early lead. Danvers maintained possession and kept the ball throughout the entire half, hardly letting Marblehead cross midfield. Junior Avery Scharffenberg and senior captain Becca Rocker were strong at the defensive mid position and continually broke up any passing attempts by the Magicians. Marblehead kept most of their players back on defense and clogged their area making it difficult for Danvers to get a second goal. At half time, it was still 1-0.
"We were playing extremely well and we moved the ball quickly so I felt pretty good going into halftime. Still, all it would take would be one mistake to erase a 1 goal lead."
Danvers took care of making breathing a bit easier in the second half by scoring another 2 quick goals. Sophomore, Arianna Bezanson broke into the box and was taken down from behind. She was awarded a penalty kick and knocked it home making the lead 2. Only 5 minutes later, Bezanson scored again. This time it was set up by teammates Reese Pszenny and Gabby Chisholm to make it 3-0. Danvers had several more opportunities the rest of the way but it was the team defense that locked the game up. Livvi Anderson, Chisholm, Sam Pelletier, Abbi Clickstein, Emma Dunn and Mikayla Shaffaval all contributed to the defensive effort on the Falcon's back line. Senior goalkeeper Kylie MacCormack only needed to make 3 saves on the night to earn the second shut out of the young season.
"We played a complete game tonight. I thought we played 80 strong minutes against a young but up and coming team. I was pleased all around. I especially thought senior Julia Ryan and freshman Shaffaval had strong games for us"
Danvers improves to 2-1 with the win and next travels to Gloucester on Tuesday afternoon.