October 28, 2021
Danvers 8 - Salem 0
The Danvers Varsity Girls Soccer Team hosted Salem Thursday night. The Falcons dedicated the evening to breast cancer awareness. The players wore pink bows in their hair with pink "eye black" and pink socks.
"We talked pre-game about playing for somebody you love. The girls certainly took that to heart and played hard tonight."
Danvers got on the board in the 2nd minute of play when leading scorer, senior captain Arianna Bezanson found the back of the net off an assist from junior Mikayla Shaffaval. Just over a minute later, Bezanson struck again off a pass from sophomore Krysta Zamejtis. The same 2 would combine again in the 10th minute of play with Bezanson assisting on Zamejtis's first career varsity goal. Only 10 minutes in the hosts were in complete control and subbed 8 players into the game.
"We came out pretty fast tonight. Ari didn't waste much time and I was so happy to see Krysta get her first and assist on another. She had a really strong game for us."
Danvers would get 2 more in the half. Freshman Brooke Wynott put home a pass from classmate, Georgia Prouty. Then Cali Abbatessa got her first career varsity goal, unassisted. The Falcons went into halftime with a 5 goal lead.
"It was great to have Cali get her first goal as well. I liked that she shot it lefty too. She has a right footed canon but it's good to see her confident in using her opposite foot. I was also really happy to see so many different players involved in the offense. Salem was a little over matched tonight. They had a lot of freshmen and a bunch of 8th graders on the field. I give them a lot of credit for fighting hard."
As half number 2 started, senior captain Emma Dunn made the lead 6-0 off an assist from Wynott. It was Dunn's first career varsity goal. A minute later, junior Ryley Crosby got her first career varsity goal assisted by junior Teagan Price. To close out the coring, Price then got her first career varsity goal, unassisted to make the final 8-0. Juniors Emily Goddard and Emma Gibbons each played goalie for a half to post the shutout. Goddard only had to make 2 saves and Gibbons only 4.
"We got 20 girls quite a bit of playing time tonight and they all did well. I loved the fact that 5 of our goals were firsts and even better that we had 7 different scorers. We also played some attacking players on defense to get them some experience back there and give some of the usual defenders some rest. I loved the effort of Zamejtis, Abbatessa, Katie Walfield and Sabrina Ramsay tonight. It was a good team win."
Danvers will play their final game of the regular season on Saturday, Home at 5:30 vs. Swampscott. With a win, the Falcons can clinch the N.E.C. Title. Danvers improved to 12-2-3 on the season.