September 14, 2021
Danvers 7 - Gloucester 0
The Danvers Girls Soccer Team hosted Gloucester Tuesday night under the lights at Dr. Deering Stadium. With a decent sized crowd and Falcon announcer, Jill "Face" McGinnity firing them up, it was a great night for soccer. Danvers came out about as quickly as possible with senior captain Arianna Bezanson knocking in the game winner only 15 seconds into the game. Senior captain Reese Pszenny assisted on the play. From there it was all Falcons as the host controlled play throughout. At the 5 minute mark, junior Ellie Anderson doubled the lead on assist from Bezanson. Danvers starting making large substitutions at that point and the pressure never let up on the Gloucester team. In the 24th minute, senior Emma Hatch banged home her first career varsity goal off a gorgeous through pass from freshman Georgia Prouty. Danvers avoided a late half scare when a Gloucester free kick from about 20 yards out clanged of the crossbar. The game remained 3-0 at halftime.
"We had a really solid first half. The team really moved the ball well and were super unselfish all over the field. I thought we had a particularly strong game in the middle of the field. Our central midfielders really passed the ball well. I felt Molly Godfried, Courtney Hinchion and Teagan Price all played particularly well in the middle. We wanted to try and possess the ball better tonight and we certainly did. Georgia's assist on Emma's goal was an absolute pin-point pass. Emma did well to find the back of the net on that. It was a very pretty goal."
Danvers continued to attack as the second half got under way. Senior Carina Boles scored her first varsity goal on a left footed shot that was assisted by sophomore Krysta Zamejtis and senior captain Gabby Chisholm. 7 minutes later, Georgia Prouty scored one herself, unassisted. Danvers continued to send in fresh substitutes about every 10 minutes wearing out the visitors. Danvers rotated it's defenders and Chisholm, senior captain Emma Dunn, senior Sabrina Ramsay, juniors Ryley Crosby and Mikayla Shaffaval, and sophomores Kaciey McDonough and Reese Holland all saw time and contributed to the shut out defensive effort in the back. Danvers got great attacking efforts from senior Hannah Barclay and junior Cali Abbatessa.
With 7 minutes left in the game, junior Katie Walfield scored her first varsity goal on a nice pass from Holland. Freshman Brooke Wynott finished out the scoring with a blast from distance with 6 minutes to play, unassisted. It was Wynott's first varsity tally as well. Junior Goalkeepers Emily Goddard and Emma Gibbons split time in net and shared the team's first shutout of the season. With the victory, Danvers improved to 3-0. The Falcons will hose Bishop Fenwick Thursday night in a non-league showdown of strong programs.
"It was great to see so many players involved in the scoring and even better that so many of the goals were varsity firsts. Tonight was a nice team effort."