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November 2, 2013

Danvers rallies, takes down Marblehead in PKs to advance

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“It was just so emotional knowing we could’ve lost the game,” explained senior captain Kylie Plaza. “With that amount of time left, we all knew we needed to go really hard.”

Just two minutes later Danvers defender Cate Raftery took a free kick, after it was ruled that Marblehead played the ball with a hand. Raftery’s shot from 50-yards out somehow found Plaza in front of the net for the redirect to tie it 1-1.

“For Kylie to get that goal, it’s outstanding,” Hinchion noted. “She never stopped working. We were able to get a second chance and you don’t many of those in the tournament.”

Danvers outshot Marblehead 11-4 in the second half, and held the advantage in corner kicks during both overtime periods, 7-1.

With score still locked at 1-1 after both 10-minute overtimes, both teams selected five players to take the penalty kicks in the shootout.

After Danvers keeper Leah Ciampa stopped two out of the four Marblehead PKs, it all came down to the Falcons’ Emily Murphy’s kick. Danvers scored on all three of its prior attempts (Delaney Zecha, Nicole Belanger and Courtney Arnoldy) and Murphy’s attempt was no different.

“I think both sides were very resilient and we know each other very well,” said Marblehead head coach Andrew Bub. “I saw a lot of hear from both sides. For it to come down to PKs, it’s hard — but hats off to Danvers.”

This was the third meeting of the season between these two clubs. Danvers took both regular season games and won the NEC Small title, although Marblehead came into the tournament as the higher seed.

Danvers defender Becca Horn helped limit the Magicians to just one goal in regulation, while Arnoldy played a strong game in the midfield.

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