Danvers v. Brookline, 10/5/19
Danvers 2 Brookline 0
Salem News Coverage
The Danvers Varsity Girls Soccer Team hosted Div. 1 powerhouse Brookline Saturday evening. This was the third straight year the two teams played each other in a non-league match with the first two ending in 0-0 ties. Brookline came into this game unbeaten with a 6-0-2 record playing out of the extremely tough Bay State League.
The Danvers Soccer program kicked off pre-game by having both Boys Teams and both Girls Teams present the Talbot Family with a donation check for the Lynda J Talbot fund. The money was helped raised by all the members of the Danvers Soccer Program. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, all the players were wearing pink t-shirts and pink socks. The night also happened to be DYS night and about 30 2nd grade girls were on hand to participate. Each youth player was announced with a varsity player to the large crowd in attendance. At half time, each of the future Falcons got to play in a small sided game on the turf in front of the Falcon faithful. It was a great night for both the Breast Cancer Awareness and to honor the girls from Danvers Youth Soccer.
"The pre-game was awesome. It was great to have every member of the DHS soccer program on hand to present the check to the Talbot Family. We talked with the players before the game about how important it was to keep fighting for a cure. We asked the Girls to each play for a Loved one and they really took it to heart. It was also fabulous to see so many 7 and 8 year olds show up to take part in the game. The varsity girls are role models for the youngsters and it was so amazing to see them walking together hand in hand when introduced. The crowd was huge and the atmosphere was fantastic."
The game would be pretty amazing too. Danvers continued their early scoring ways when junior Riley DiGilio beat her defender up the right side of the field and crossed a perfect ball diagonally towards the left Brookline post. Sophomore Reese Pszenny was making a back post run and slammed home the perfect pass for a big 1-0 lead. Danvers controlled play early and midfielders Arianna Bezanson, Mia Jordan and Julia Vaillancourt passed the ball extremely well in the middle of the field. Senior captain Becca Rocker played well in the middle too in her first game back from an injury a week earlier. The Danvers back 4 did well to limit Brookline's chances in their own end and kept them from any dangerous shots. Brookline did have 5 corner kicks in the first half, but Falcon keeper Kylie MacCormack was terrific and taking the ball out of the air. Senior Sam Pelletier and junior Avery Scharffenberg did a strong job at marking one of Brookline's most dangerous strikers throughout the half. Midway through the half, the Falcons struck again. Senior Captain Abby Cash scored the second goal of the game off a pass from Bezanson. The play originated from senior captain Abbi Clickstein who had a great game at outside back. Danvers went into halftime with the 2-0 lead.
"We played great the first half. We put a lot of pressure on them and had some good scoring opportunities. Those were the first 2 goals we've ever scored on them. Arianna was so quick in the midfield. She seemed to break up any kind of attack that Brookline tried to create. She really played well."
There was no scoring in the second half, but Danvers continued to produce shots and scoring opportunities. Danvers out shot Brookline 32-18 for the game. Danvers also had 5 corner kicks of their own to equal those of Brookline. Gabby Chisholm and Mikayla Shaffaval played strong minutes on defense and stepped up to win 50 / 50 balls. With about 10 minutes remaining the Falcons went to a more defensive formation to hold on to the big win. With the victory, Danvers gave Brookline their first loss of the season and improved their own record to 10-1.
"This was a huge win for us and for it to come on such an important night with it being dedicated to the Talbot fund and it being DYS night, made it so much more special. I felt this game would be a good measuring stick for where we are at this point in the season and we were very happy with the way we played against one of the better teams in the state. Livvi Anderson was awesome tonight! She anchored our defense in the middle and she was so aggressive to every ball in our end. She made some big plays and some spot on tackles to keep Brookline off the score board. Livvi plays with so much intensity and tonight was on fire."
Coach Hinchion also mentioned the strong play of Abbi Clickstein defending well and attacking up the flanks throughout the game. He also was pleased with the tremendous effort of Bezanson in the middle and MacCormack's glue hands and strong technique in goal. Danvers next plays at Lynn Classical, 7:00 Monday night.