Danvers v. Peabody, 10/11/19
Danvers 4 Peabody 0
The Danvers Varsity Girls Soccer Team hosted Peabody Friday afternoon in brutal, stormy conditions. Peabody came into the game having won 6 straight and standing at 7-4 on the season. With temperatures in the low 50's and a 25 mile an hour wind blowing in one direction on the field, this game was sure to be a toss up. A steady, driving cold rain made things more miserable as the teams tried to warm up for this N.E.C. clash.
Danvers lost the coin toss and found themselves attacking into the wind the entire first half. Although Danvers controlled play for much of the half, they found themselves tied at 0 and had a hard time getting into their style of play. Defenders Livvi Anderson, Sam Pelletier, Abbi Clickstein and Gabby Chisholm were steady on the back line and limited Peabody's chances even with the wind advantage. Danvers struggled to find their quick passing game and although they had some quality shots on the Peabody frame, none found the back of the net. However, in the 39th minute of play Danvers broke through. Freshmen, Mikayla Shaffaval found junior attacker Riley DiGilio who made a perfect pass to senior captain Abby Cash. Cash's shot found the back of the Tanner net for a back braking 1-0 lead going into halftime.
"That first half was tough. The girls said the ball was heavy from the rain and they felt like they were running into a wall with that wind blowing at them. Abby's goal couldn't have come at a better time. To get that one right before halftime really got our team going."
Danvers had much more success the second half with the wind at their backs. Clickstein and Chisholm got much more involved in the attack from their outside back positions. Mids, Becca Rocker, Julia Vaillancourt, Julia Ryan, Avery Scharffenberg, Mia Jordan and Arianna Bezanson did well to control the middle of the field and play through balls to Cash and DiGilio up front. Falcon net minder Kylie MacCormack handled the ball very well in the wet conditions. The Falcons scored 3 times in the second half to put the game away. Riley DiGilio scored 2 and Arianna Bezanson had the other. All 3 goals were assisted by Abby Cash. Mikayla Shaffaval did well playing both defensive and forward positions throughout the game.
"Arianna, Abby and Riley really turned up our attack the second half. They combined on some nice goals. Livvi and Sam were outstanding tonight at center back. They both played all 80 minutes and both played steady and smart in the rough conditions."
"I only played 14 players today due to the conditions. Those 14 were at least partially warm out there from the continuous play. My hat goes off to our players that cheered from the sideline the entire game. That was not a comfortable type of weather to be playing in or watching. However, these girls will do anything for each other and that's been a big reason for our success so far."
With the win, Danvers, 12-1, pulled even with Beverly in the N.E.C. North Standings. They travel to Beverly next Tuesday afternoon at 4:00, looking to avenge a loss from the second game of the season.