Danvers v. Beverly, 10/15/19
Danvers 2 Beverly 2
The Danvers Varsity Girls Soccer Team traveled to Beverly Tuesday afternoon for a battle between the 2 front runners in the N.E.C. girls race. Danvers came in riding an 11 game win streak and Beverly was coming off of a 2-1 loss to Swampscott. Beverly beat the Falcons on their home turf earlier in the season 2-1. Danvers routinely struggles playing in Beverly and hadn't beaten the Panthers on their home turf since 2014. Danvers was hoping to end that streak.
The visiting Falcons attacked right off the bat and scored to goals in the first 9 minutes of the game to give them tons of momentum. Reese Pszenny finished off her pass from Abby Cash 6 minutes in and then Cash got one of her own, assisted by Riley DiGilio. Beverly called a timeout following the second goal.
"I told the girls during the timeout that it was great to be up 2 so early, but I didn't think we were playing particularly strong. We had the sun advantage that half and I felt the third goal would be the most important goal of the game."
Danvers continued to keep possession in the Beverly end of the field. The Falcons out shot the home team 14-5 but couldn't get that third goal they were looking for. The Danvers back line did a nice job slowing down Beverly's dangerous forwards. Livvi Anderson and Abbi Clickstein were extremely aggressive to the ball and Becca Rocker was solid in the middle of the field. Several times it looked as though DiGilio or Cash was going to break through, but the Panther defense hung tough. Arianna Bezanson had 4 shots in the first half, but couldn't find the back of the net.
"We had the advantage in play that first half for sure, but we also had the sun at our backs. We needed more urgency in our attack going into the second half."
Danvers continued to possess the ball well into the second half, but again no goals to show for it. Danvers had 7 corner kicks in the second frame, but couldn't get anything dangerous on net. With about 20 minutes to play, Beverly finally got the break they were looking for. Sam Carnevale raced up the left side of the field and played the ball to Ceirra Merritt, who passed it buy the on charging Danvers keeper to put Beverly on the board. Not long after, the Panthers tied it up when Cassie Jone's shot snuck under a diving Kylie MacCormack to make the game 2-2. Danvers would put a lot of pressure on the Beverly defense for the final 12 minutes of the game, but the score would end 2-2.
"There wasn't any intensity the second half. We played well enough to win, but nowhere near how well we could have played. Give Beverly credit, they defended well and never gave up coming back from down 2. I felt Livvi Anderson had an amazing game for us at center back today and Abbi Clickstein really stepped it up at her right back position. It looks as though the league could come down to the final day with us and Beverly tied at 10-1-1 and Swampscott only a point behind at 10-2. Should be an exciting final week."