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September 28, 2022
Danvers 4 - Bishop Fenwick 0

The Danvers Varsity Girls Soccer Team traveled to Bishop Fenwick Wednesday night for their second straight non-league game. The Falcons took care of business at home against Lynnfield over the weekend, beating them 2-0 and were looking to keep their winning streak in tact.  The game went back and fourth for the first 20 minutes.  Danvers had several good opportunities to score early from Ellie Anderson, Molly Godfried and Courtney Hinchion but the game remained scoreless.  The hosts also put some pressure on the Danvers defense with several of their own opportunities missing just wide.  About 15 minutes in, senior keeper and captain, Emily Goddard collided with a Fenwick player while making a save.  She had to leave the field momentarily, but was able to come back into the game minutes later, with a bruise to the knee area.   

"That was a scary moment for sure.  Thankfully Emily was ok and able to come back into the game.  She played terrifically tonight." "I think we gave up more chances to Fenwick's attack then we should have.  We missed some marking in the back a couple of times and let them get behind our defense.  We have to do a better job of that going forward."

About 20 minutes into the half, senior Cali Abbatessa sent an excellent ball into the box off a corner kick.  Junior Reese Holland connected with her head, but the header sailed just over the crossbar. It took a while, but finally in the 27th minute, the Falcons struck.  Freshman, Lila Doucette, playing in her first game since suffering an injury 2 weeks ago, sent a nice through ball up the middle of the field.  Sophomore Georgia Prouty made an all out, 50 yard plus sprint to gather the pass and outpace the entire defense.  She placed her shot neatly into the back of the opponents net giving her team the lead.  The score would remain 1-0 going into halftime.

"There were times that we possessed the ball very well in that half.  But we were also making some mental mistakes and we had lots of ugly first touches.  We were happy to have the 1 goal lead, but knew we'd have to step it up in the second half to get a win tonight."

Danvers did indeed step it up and played much better in half number 2.  Only 6 minutes in, Prouty scored her second of the game off a play set up by freshmen Addi McCarty and Olivia St. Pierre.  2 minutes later Prouty struck again for her first hat trick of the season, this time assisted by junior, Krysta Zamejtis.  Senior Captains Mikayla Shaffaval and Teagan Price played extremely well defensively and both continuously competed for and won 50 / 50 balls.  Price also made some timely passes to help the Falcons keep possession.

"It was great seeing 3 freshman getting assists tonight.  They're all really stepping up their game.  I'm loving how versatile Addi McCarty has become.  Tonight she played outside back, center back and striker and she makes a positive difference for us on the field."

Danvers had many more opportunities to score in the second half, pouring 11 shots towards the Crusader net.  Senior Katie Walfield, freshman McCarty and sophomore Maddie Dembowski all had decent chances on net.

With 6 minutes to play, frehsman Liv St. Pierre hit a blast from outside the box that slammed into the upper part of the net for the 4th goal of the game.  The play was unassisted.  Minutes later the final whistle blew and Danvers had their third straight win, all shut outs, while improving their record to 5-2-1.

"Georgia was the story tonight.  She was awesome.  She's so fast and strong and when you combine those attributes with her amazing technical skill, she a very dangerous attacker.  She was seeded #1 in the 400 meters in the spring track State Meet as a freshman.  That tells you how incredibly quick she is.  She has scored some very big goals for us so far and yet she plays so unselfish."  

"This was a solid win for us tonight.  We've been working towards getting a little bit better as a team with every game we play.  Hopefully that's a trend that we can keep up."

Danvers next plays Friday night when they travel to Peabody.  The Falcons beat the Tanners 2-0 in Danvers back a few weeks ago in the first game of the season.  The second match will surely be a tough battle between 2 solid programs.