Danvers v. Saugus, 10/2/19
Danvers 8 Saugus 0
The Danvers Girls Varsity Soccer Team traveled to Saugus Wednesday afternoon in rainy, chilly conditions. Saugus came into the game 5-2 and this would be their only game on natural grass all season long. Although soaked, the field turned out to be in beautiful condition and the Lady Falcons wasted no time settling this one. Danvers scored 4 goals in the first 5 minutes of the game to put this one out of reach early. They would add a 5th later in the half before turning the firepower down. Abby Cash and Reese Pszenny connected together on the first 3 goals with Cash scoring 2 and assisting on 1 and Pszenny scoring 1 and assisting on 2. Arianna Bezanson, assisted by Riley DiGilio and DiGilio assisted by Julia Ryan rounded out the first half scoring. The Danvers defense was solid throughout, keeping the ball in front of them, preventing it from skipping past them on the wet surface. Livvi Anderson, Sam Pelletier, Abbi Clickstein, Mikayla Shaffaval and Gabby Chisholm kept the back line organized and kept the ball away from their end of the field.
Cash scored immediately after the second half started to give her the first Falcon's Hat Trick of the season. Her goal was assisted by DiGilio. DiGilio got her second of the game assisted by Bezanson and then Julia Ryan scored assisted by Avery Scharffenberg. Scharffenberg got her first varsity goal towards the end of the match, assisted by Haley Murphy and Livvi Anderson found the net as well. Kylie MacCormack manned the keeper duties the first half and Emma Maynard and Holly DeAngelis split the duties the second half to share the Falcon's 7th shutout.
"I was actually pretty nervous going into this game. Saugus had beaten Salem 4-0 earlier in the season and we had recently struggled with Salem. Plus, with the weather being a factor, we really wanted to get an early goal to control the flow of the game. The girls have been terrific at doing that. I thought Mia Jordan and Julia Vaillancourt were outstanding today in the middle of the field. The 2 of them have been playing so well. Emma Dunn had a really strong game as well. She played a lot of midfield today and made some great play-making passes to our attackers. She also stood out defensively for us. My player of the game was Avery Scharffenberg. She was outstanding at center back and broke up any kind of Saugus attacks. She also played a little in the attack as well. I was glad to see her pick up a goal and assist."
With the win, Danvers improves to 9-1 on the season and qualified for the State Tournament for the 29th straight year.