Danvers v. Andover, 10/19/19
Danvers 1 Andover 1
Salem News Coverage
The Danvers Varsity Girls Soccer Team hosted Andover Saturday night in their annual non-league match. The night also was "Senior Night", an evening dedicated to the 7 seniors on the Danvers Squad. The underclassmen spent time leading up to the game decorating the stadium in blue and white streamers with posters hung for each of the senior players. Before the game, the Danvers captains gave the 10 senior players from Andover flowers. The seniors from Danvers each gave their families members flowers and were introduced in front of the Home crowd.
"The ceremony was very nice for our seniors and their families. We have a really special group of 7 seniors and they all have meant so much to the program. It was really nice to honor them and their families tonight."
When the game started, Danvers came out a little flat. Andover instantly put tons of pressure on the Falcons in their own end of the field. The Golden Warriors had speed all over the field and were first to just about every 50 / 50 ball early on. However, Danvers has come accustomed to scoring early and they kept that tradition alive. Only 9 minutes in, senior defender Abbi Clickstein played a ball in transition to sophomore midfielder Arianna Bezanson. Bezanson beat her defender and the keeper and found the back of the net for the early 1-0 lead. Andover didn't let up after the goal. They routinely put pressure on the Falcon's back 4 and were awarded 5 corner kicks throughout the half. The Danvers defense stayed strong though and didn't give up any dangerous opportunities to the guests, until the 39th minute. A foul was called on a Falcon defender only 20 yards out from goal. Danvers set up a wall of players but the Andover striker hit a brilliant direct kick that found the upper corner of the Danvers net. The timely strike made the score 1-1 going into halftime.
"That was a back breaker. She hit the ball really well and with it being in the last minute of the half, it really took away any momentum we had stared to build. They were all over us early, but I thought we were starting to settle in a bit late in the half.
Senior Becca Rocker was playing very strong in the middle for us and senior back Abbi Clickstein was making some great attacking runs out of the back."
Danvers picked up play the second half and had some better chances in the second half. Junior defender Livvi Anderson played terrifically clearing away any through balls into the Danvers end of the field. Danvers had some strong chances down the stretch of the game, but the Andover keeper made a couple of awesome saves to hold the score at 1-1. With the tie, the Danvers record stood at 12-1-1. Although their 13 game unbeaten streak remained in tact, it was their second tie of the week with no wins for the first time of the season.
"This was a good game to have at this point in the season as this is the type of pressure we'll see in the tournament. Andover played us very hard. They had great speed all over the field and their goalie was really good tonight. She made 1 save on Arianna's shot that I thought for sure was heading to the back of their net. Livvi Anderson played great for us again tonight and I was very pleased with all of my seniors. Colby Thomson, Julia Ryan, Sam Pelletier, Kylie MacCormack, Abbi Clickstein, Abby Cash and Becca Rocker are a great group of leaders for us. They've been tremendous for us so far this year. They are a super group of student athletes and I couldn't be prouder of how well they've done so far this year."