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November 5, 2012

Martin, defense deliver in Danvers victory

DANVERS — Coming into his team’s Division 2 North first-round matchup with Lynn Tech, Danvers boys soccer coach Mike Chase was confident that the Falcons had the skill advantage.

That didn’t mean he was certain about the outcome.

The Falcons played a near-flawless game and bounced Lynn Tech, 5-1, behind three goals and one assist from senior captain Eric Martin. Danvers will now host fifth-seeded Concord-Carlisle tomorrow night (6:30 p.m.) in the quarterfinals.

The Bulldogs are an opportunistic group that feasts on turning mistakes into breaks, but Danvers (15-3-1) controlled play throughout, executed full-field defense and made the most of its scoring chances.

“I think we were a better team, but their style of soccer is to wait and wait and wait, then play for that late ball over the top,” Chase said. “That’s one of the scariest teams to play because you can kind of get complacent in the game and all of a sudden it comes over the top, you make a mistake and they’re going to capitalize every time.”

Lynn Tech (11-6-1) only capitalized once, and by that time Danvers had already produced three goals.

Still, even with his team hanging on to a 3-1 lead in the second half, Chase wanted to make sure his team didn’t let up because he knew how quickly the Bulldogs could bite.

Senior captain Francisco Franco and Emerson Imul, who beat the Danvers defense to a long ball eight minutes into the second half for Lynn Tech’s only goal, are both burners who have a nose for the net.

“Those two forwards are fantastic. We scouted them in their last (tournament) game against Malden Catholic and those kids gave that other team fits,” Chase said. “They had six to eight breakaways in the first 15 minutes of the game. We knew coming in that we had to take care of those guys in the back. That was the biggest fear. I knew if we did that we’d have a much better chance of winning.”

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