By Gianna Addario
---- — DANVERS — Caitlin Lodi stole the show last night in Danvers. Though her Peabody club came out of the Northeastern Conference matchup in 1-1 against the Falcons, Lodi’s performance on the field was unmatched.
“If they didn’t have Lodi, I think we could’ve won by seven or eight goals,” said Danvers head coach Jimmy Hinchion. “We were all over them at times, but she was just fantastic. I said to her in the line ‘Great game, I can’t wait until you graduate.’ We couldn’t have done more in their end, peppering shots and creating chances.
“Sometimes a keeper can make a difference and she was certainly the difference maker in this game. We played fantastic, I couldn’t have asked for more out of my girls.”
Danvers outshot Peabody 11-3 in the first half. The Falcons did pretty much everything they could to put the ball in the back of the net, but both teams went into halftime scoreless.
“Danvers is one of the most experienced teams in our league,” noted Peabody head coach Dennis Desroches. “For us to go out there and be competitive with the new group that we have, I’m extremely proud at how we hung in there.
“I was more than happy to go into halftime 0-0. To withstand the pressure by Danvers was excellent and we have a very young back line. For them to hang in there against one of the better teams on the North Shore, it’s great to see.”
The Falcons (7-3-1) held the advantage on corner kicks as well with four, including three in the second half. After an onslaught of shots on goal in the first half, Danvers finally put one away off Kylie Plaza’s corner kick that was hit in by freshman Morgan Mscisz. There were a lot of bodies in front of Peabody’s net and Mscisz was able to knock it in through all of the traffic.
“We did great up top, moving the ball around,” Plaza explained. “We had plenty of opportunities, we just couldn’t put it in the back of the net most of the time. We just had to be really aggressive to get that 1-0 lead.”
Peabody made some key runs after Danvers’ failed corner kicks. Lodi was able to find senior Madison Doherty down field on a throw, which turned into quality shots on net for the Tanners (7-1-2). Doherty was the main offensive threat for Peabody, taking both free kicks — which ended up transitioning into a goal.
After several attempts, Katrina Silva got one by Danvers keeper Leah Ciampa and tied things with just under 15 minutes to play in the game. Peabody and Danvers traded scoring attempts down the stretch, but nothing else got through.
“Caitlin had an incredible game,” added Desroches. “She put herself in great positions to make the saves. If it wasn’t for her efforts it could’ve been a different outcome. We trust her back there, she’s been our leader every year she’s been here.”