September 12, 2022
Danvers 6 - Gloucester 0
Coming off it's worst defeat in many years, the Danvers Girls Varsity Soccer Team traveled to Gloucester Monday night, hoping to get back into the win column.
"We had 3 things we wanted to accomplish tonight... get a win, keep Gloucester off the scoreboard, and score at least 3 goals. I know the girls really wanted to get things moving in the right direction after our tough defeat last week."
The Falcons didn't take long to get the game winner. In the 7th minute of play, freshman forward Lila Doucette found sophomore Georgia Prouty and scored the games first. 2 minutes later, senior captain, Ellie Anderson made a 30 yard run and tucked the ball into the corner of the fishermen net with her left foot. Another 3 minutes passed and Danvers struck a third time. This time it was freshman Olivia St. Pierre off of an assist by Prouty. 1 minute later those same girls reversed their combination with Prouty getting her second off a St. Pierre assist.
"Those 4 goals all came within 7 minutes of each other. It was nice to see our attack come to life a bit, However, we were still making some mistakes defensively and wanted to tighten things up a bit. Emily Goddard made a great diving save coming out of her net that kind of got things going defensively for us."
Danvers adjusted their formation a bit in the second half with the 4 goal lead. With the adjustment, the team defense looked measurably better. Senior captain, Mikayla Shaffaval, along with fellow backs, Reese Holland, Ryley Crosby and Skylar Laws all really shut down the Gloucester offense. The Danvers mids also picked up the play with some great possession orchestrated by Molly Godfried, Teagan Price and Brooke Wyott. 3 minutes into the second half, senior Katie Walfield blasted in her first goal of the season, unassisted. Danvers continued to pressure in the Gloucester end getting some strong attacks from forwards Cali Abbatessa and Krysta Zamejtis. Danvers had several near misses off of the feet of senior Courtney Hinchion and junior Godfried. Midway through the second half, freshman Doucette hit a rocket from about 20 yards out that clanged off the crossbar, just missing. The visitors also got some quality minutes from freshmen Lily Delafano and Addie McCarty along with sophomore Maddie Dembowski. With 9 minutes to play, senior Abbatessa set up St. Pierre for her second of the game to push the score to 6-0. Emma Gibbons came in for Emily Goddard in net and made 1 save to preserve the shutout.
Danvers out shot Gloucester 38-7 on the night.
"It was a good, solid team effort tonight. I loved our defending in the second half. Mikayla Shaffaval and Ryley Crosby had terrific games. I was also pleased to see so many girls involved in the attack. Hopefully we can continue this momentum forward as we have a couple of tough league games coming up."
Danvers improves to 2-1 on the season with the win and next plays Wednesday night at Home against Marblehead, at 6:30. The game will also be youth soccer night.