The Hayley Dowd era in Peabody officially ended last fall at the hands of Acton-Boxboro in the Division 1 state tournament. Since then, the Tanners have made significant strides to keep the program’s legacy going, even enlisting the help of few youngsters along the way this season.
Make no mistake about it, girls soccer is still every bit as strong in Peabody as its been in years past.
Since 2009, the Tanners have gone 63-1-4 in the league and are unbeaten in their last 40 Northeastern Conference games since losing to Danvers in October in 2010.
This year’s club stands at 7-1-2, with the only loss coming against Acton-Boxboro in the first game of the season. Peabody has since gone undefeated only to tie Beverly in scoreless outcome and Danvers last night. What’s more is that Tanners have given up just three goals all season long, by far the fewest in the NEC.
The remarkable statistic wouldn’t be possible without the leadership of all-star keeper Caitlin Lodi, who has seven shutouts on the season. Her vocal presence is a calming force in the backfield and for the pair of freshmen, Alexandria Demeo and Katherin Scacchi, who start on defense.
”We have a really talented group of freshen this year, so it’s not extremely difficult to direct them,” said Lodi after last night’s 1-1 tie to Danvers. “They get the game and they know how to play the game. I have a pretty young backline, but they know where to go and what to do.
”I think our defense is great. A lot of people were skeptical about it coming into the season, but all of the girls just work together so well. The chemistry between them has just been unbelievable.”
Demeo and Scacchi are joined in the backfield by senior defender and also see help from fellow starting freshmen Molly Tansey and Alyssa Shashaty in the midfield, along with sophomore Katrina Silva.