DHS Soccer Girls Game Reports - Danvers vs. Peabody @ Peabody
September 9, 2019
Danvers 2 Peabody 0
The 2019 season for the Varsity Girls Soccer Team at DHS has officially started. After waiting a week longer than usual to get started, the Lady Falcons finally took the field Monday night in Peabody to face off with their NEC rivals. The wait to get on the score board was fortunately not as long a wait. Danvers got their eventual game winner less than 4 minutes into the game when senior, captain Becca Rocker found junior Riley DiGilio open with a good look at the Tanner net. DiGilio hit a low, hard shot that beat the Peabody keeper and put the Falcons ahead for good, 1-0. Danvers continued to control the pace of the game throughout the first 20 minutes. Midfielders, senior captain Becca Rocker and sophomore Arianna Bezanson continually maintained possession and threaded passes to the Falcon forwards. Unfortunately though, the Tanner defense made things difficult and the visitors weren't able to pad their lead. Peabody built up some momentum and started putting some pressure on the Danvers defense. Center back, Livvi Anderson kept her defense organized however and Peabody really didn't mount any serious threats. Danvers keeper Kylie MacCormack made 3 first half saves and commanded her team well with her voice from the back. Despite an 11-6 advantage in shots, the score remained only 1-0 into halftime.
"I felt we were keeping possession very well and passing the ball extremely well. It was a physical game and our girls played tough. Still, a 1-0 lead in Peabody is nothing to feel comfortable about and we knew the next goal of the game would be the crucial one."
Danvers came out hungry to start the second half and put a lot of pressure on the Peabody defense. Sophomore winger Reese Pszenny had to fantastic opportunities to score but one was saved by the Peabody goalie and the other clanged off the far post. The Falcons kept at it though and they finally got the insurance they were looking for in the 13th minute. Off a Peabody foul, Pszenny served a free kick into the Tanner box where senior captain, Abby Cash crushed a solid volley into the upper corner of the Peabody net to put the Falcons up by 2.
"That was a goal of the year type of goal. Reese delivered a perfect serve and Abby nailed it. It was absolutely beautiful."
Danvers stayed in control most of the rest of the way. Junior Mia Jordan played solid in the midfield alongside Bezanson and Rocker and senior captain Abbi Clickstein and fellow classmate Sam Pelletier helped anchor the Falcon defense. When the final whistle blew, the Falcons had earned a hard fought win and 2 points in the NEC North Standings.
"We played very well tonight considering it was our first game out. We made a couple of mistakes here and there, but for the most part we played good soccer. I felt our team speed all over the field was great. I was super impressed with sophomore back, Gabby Chisholm. She played incredible tonight and really helped set the tone defensively for us. She was extremely aggressive as a defender. DiGilio and Cash were flying up top for us and Rocker and Bezanson were a steady combo in the midfield. Anderson played mistake free at the center back spot."
MacCormack made 7 saves on the night for the shutout in net. Coach Hinchion also loved the play of several of the varsity newcomers to this year's team. Senior, Julia Ryan, juniors, Julia Vaillancourt, Haley Murphy and Avery Scharffenberg, sophomore Emma Dunn and freshman Mikayla Shaffaval all played key minutes and delivered for the Falcons.
The road doesn't get any easier as Danvers will play Beverly in their home opener, Wednesday night at 6:30.