Danvers v. Salem, 9/25/19
Danvers 2 Salem 0
The Danvers Girls Varsity Soccer Team headed to Bertram Field in Salem Wednesday night to take on the Witches. Once again, Danvers came flying out of the gates attacking Salem in the early minutes. In the third minute of play, sophomore midfielder Arianna Bezanson took a pass from senior captain Abby Cash and fired home a shot from 20 yards out. The goal would eventually become the game winner. Danvers controlled play throughout and possessed the ball while getting attack after attack on Salem. The Danvers defense stood tough and held Salem to only 1 shot in the entire half. However, that one shot almost found the back of the Falcon net if it weren't for Falcon, junior keeper Holly DeAngelis making a big save to tip the shot over the crossbar. Danvers had 16 shots themselves and 4 corner kicks as well, but the Falcons couldn't get the second goal. The Salem Goalie made some fantastic saves to keep her team in the game. Seniors Sam Pelletier and Abbi Clickstein were bright spots for the visitors on the back line. Junior defender Livvi Anderson was also steady in the back. At halftime the score remained 1-0.
"That early goal was huge for us tonight. After that, Salem packed it in and kept 10 defenders inside their own 20 yards line. It was so compact, there wasn't a lot of room for our offense to find space. We used the flanks, shot from outside, used combinations... there just wasn't a lot of room for us to attack."
The second half the Falcons once again went for the jugular in the opening minutes. Abby Cash's shot was deflected and came to sophomore winger Reese Pszenny who buried her shot to make it 2-0. That's all the Falcons would need as senior keeper Kylie MacCormack only touched the ball once the entire second half. The Falcons got solid play in the middle of the field from junior midfielders Mia Jordan and Julia Vaillancourt. Right back Gabby Chisholm was amazing attacking up the right side of the field numerous times. In total, the Falcons out shot Salem 37-2 for the game.
"We were all over them tonight, but they defended very well in the box. They didn't give us any space and their keeper played a terrific game. We had 37 shots and a large portion of them were on net. We hit a post, hit a crossbar and had many shots miss just wide. It was a little bit frustrating, but credit Salem for their game plan to keep the score close. Gabby Chisholm was lightning quick up the right side today. She gave us lots of scoring opportunities. Thankfully we got that early goal and were able to make it stand up."
The win pushed the Danvers record to 7-1 on the year. MacCormack and DeAngelis split the goal keeper duties to give the Falcons their 6th shutout in 8 games. Danvers next plays Saturday night at 6:00, hosting Winthrop.