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October 31, 2012

Peabody's Digiacomo at the top of her game

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“I think Kara has done everything to deserve that honor,” said head coach Dennis Desroches. “Defenders don’t always get the headlines as much, they do all the little things that don’t light up the stat book. But Kara as well as the rest of our fullback line, we hold teams to very little shots on goal. She’s one of the defenders that allows us to do that.

“She’s an incredible fullback, but she’s also a huge part of our attack. A lot of things go for her. When we have the ball defensively, she creates a lot of room for the players up front.”

Digiacomo has collected 13 points (five goals, eight assists) during the 2012 regular season, a team-high for defenders. It’s been quite an accomplishment for Digiacomo, who doesn’t have any plans just yet on furthering her soccer career in college.

On a team with six all-stars, Digiacomo was thrilled when she got the call from Desroches.

“I was really shocked when my coach told me about it,” said Digiacomo. “It’s really an unbelievable feeling. Defenders don’t always get as much recognition as those players that score the goals, so it’s definitively very exciting.”

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Danvers junior midfielder Kylie Plaza was named NEC Small Most Valuable Player. A three-year starter, Plaza has played an instrumental role in the Falcons’ (14-2-2) success.

“Kylie has been a huge part of this team,” said head coach Jimmy Hinchion. “Last year we counted on her for offense and she was our second leading scorer on the team behind Corey Persson. She not only was a terrific scorer, but also our best playmaker and a great defender as well.”

Plaza was named team MVP her sophomore year and has taken her level of play to an even higher standard, according to Hinchion.

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