Danvers v. Bishop Fenwick, 9/21/19
Danvers 1 Bishop Fenwick 0
The Danvers Varsity Girls Soccer Team traveled to Bishop Fenwick Saturday afternoon for their first non-league match of the season. Although the game would have no effect on the NEC league standings, the game would still go on the Danvers record and count towards making the tournament. Plus, the Falcons and Crusaders have had a great tradition and rivalry over the years, usually resulting in one goal games. Today was no different.
"We talked with the Team before the game about how every time we play them, it's a tight, close game. Plus, knowing the strength of their goalie and overall defense, we knew this would be a tough one."
The game seemed very evenly matched early on. Danvers had trouble penetrating through the Crusader back line and the Falcon back 4 didn't let Fenwick near their net as well. The middle of the field was also evenly matched at Fenwick had good size and speed in the middle which disrupted the Danvers possession game some. In the 15th minute of the first half, Danvers got the only goal they would need. The Danvers attackers put pressure on the Fenwick defense and sophomore Arianna Bezanson was able to steal a pass and break in on the Fenwick keeper alone. Calmly, she faked a shot and dribbled around the diving keeper to tuck the ball into the net for the 1-0 advantage. Only minutes later, junior Riley DiGilio beat her defender up the right side of the field and played a perfect pass across the home team's goal box. Sophomore Reese Pszenny had made a great run to that spot and nailed a perfect shot heading towards the far post. Amazingly, sophomore keeper Claudia Keith got just enough of a piece of it to deflect the shot wide. From that point on the rest of the half stayed pretty balanced. Abbi Clickstein and Gabby Chisholm were strong at outside back and neutralized Fenwick's speed up top. Livvi Anderson and Avery Scharffenberg made some strong plays in the center of the Falcon defense as well to keep the hosts out of their end. The score remained 1-0 at the half.
The second half was more of the same as both teams played hard through the 80 degree weather. Danvers seemed to have the edge in territory but the Fenwick defense still hung tough. About midway through the second half, senior captain Abby Cash was sent in on a break away towards the Crusader net. She decided to shoot low and to the left of the Fenwick keeper who once again, made a terrific diving stop. That was the best chance either team would have the rest of the way.
"That first half shot by Reese and the breakaway by Abby probably go in against any other goalie, but Keith made a couple special plays. She was fantastic."
In the late minutes Danvers changed their formation to a more defensive shape to keep the game in check. Senior captain Becca Rocker and juniors Julia Vaillancourt and Mia Jordan all made plays defensively in the midfield to help secure the win. Danvers keeper Kylie MacCormack made 4 saves on the day to give the Falcons their 4 shutout of the young season. With the win the Falcons improved their record to 5-1 on the season.
"B. Fenwick has a very strong defense and midfield and their keeper is hard to beat. This was a very good test for us and I like how we responded. I thought Mia Jordan distributed the ball very well for us today and Arianna was great at midfield. Her goal was huge but she was a work horse in the middle of the field for us today. Livvi Anderson was awesome in the back. She kept our defense organized and made big plays when we needed it most. Great game for the team overall.