Danvers v. Winthrop, 9/27/19
Danvers 9 Winthrop 1
The Danvers Varsity Girls Soccer Team got another 2 points in the NEC standings with a big win over visiting Winthrop Saturday night. Danvers continued their amazing ability to score early when senior captain, Abby Cash got the first goal only 2 minutes into the game. The play was set up by junior, Julia Vaillancourt and assisted by junior, Riley DiGilio. 1 minute later, DiGilio got one of her own assisted by Vaillancourt. Just another minute later, the Falcons put this game out of reach with a goal by sophomore Arianna Bezanson, assisted by DiGilio again. Only 4 minutes into the game, Danvers was up 3-0. The offense didn't stop there as junior, Haley Murphy scored her first of the season and first varsity goal in the 10 minute. DiGilio picked up her 3rd assist of the game on the play. 9 minutes later, senior Sam Pelletier used some nifty dribbling skills to get her first goal of the season. With the 5-0 lead, Danvers pull back on the pressure from that point on for the remainder of the half. Vaillancourt and fellow junior, Mia Jordan possessed the ball very well in the midfield and defenders, Livvi Anderson, Sam Pelletier, Gabby Chisholm and Abbi Clickstein didn't let Winthrop anywhere near their goal. Senior, Kylie MacCormack only had to make 2 saves in net the entire half.
"We came out fast again and that really changed the tone of the game. Riley was really doing a fantastic job finding her teammates. She has been playing so unselfishly and she currently leads are team in assists with 10."
Arianna wasted no time getting her second goal, only 2 minutes into the second half. The play was created when Haley Murphy dropped back a pass from deep inside the Viking box that Bezanson hammered home. About 10 minutes later, Winthrop was finally able to get on the scoreboard themselves to make it 6-1. Danvers rounded out the scoring with 3 more in the final 20 minutes. Riley DiGilio got her second goal, Murphy got her second and Julia Vaillancourt got her first mark of the year, a varsity first for her. Assisting on those goals were Clickstein, Reese Pszenny, Cash, Bezanson and Murphy. Juniors Holly DeAngelis and Emma Maynard split the goaltending duties the second half and the Falcons prevailed 9-1. The win putting them at 8-1 on the season.
"It was great to see Haley have such a big game. She is such a hard worker and her speed is amazing. I figured it was only a matter of time before she found the back of the net. Good for her getting 2 assists to go with the goals."
Avery Scharffenberg, Emma Dunn and Mikayla Shaffaval all contributed well defensively for the Falcons and Coach Hinchion was pleased with the attacking mentality he has been getting out of his outside backs, particularly Clickstein and Chisholm.
"Abbi and Gabby have been getting forward an awful lot for us. They create so many opportunities when they do so."
Hinchion praised the play of Jordan and Vaillancourt at midfield along with Murphy and DiGilio up top. He was also pleased with the play of 5 freshmen who were called up for the game to fill in for Becca Rocker, Julia Ryan and Colby Thomson who were all not available to play tonight.
"Eliana Anderson, Courtney Hinchion, Katie Walfield, Ryley Crosby and Cali Abbatessa all played decent minutes and all contributed to the win tonight. I was very happy with what I saw from them on the field. Great Team effort tonight."