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November 5, 2012

Martin, defense deliver in Danvers victory

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It also didn’t hurt that the Falcons scored quickly.

Martin finished a pass from Nikolay Sakhin just two minutes into the game to put Danvers ahead.

Lynn Tech produced a couple of scoring chances in the first half, but for the most part play was dominated by the Falcons. All of that possession eventually led to Drew Piazza heading home Caio Silva’s corner kick with just over 11 minutes to go in the first half.

Martin increased Danvers’ lead to three goals with 2:23 to go before intermission, this time completing a pass from Brian Trefry.

“Our defense played outstanding everywhere, forwards playing defense on their fullbacks and pressuring the ball everywhere,” Chase said. “They just couldn’t possess against us. If they don’t have the ball in possession, then they can’t get the ball over the top to those (forwards).”

Imul cut into Danvers’ lead to start the second half, but the Falcons quickly got back into form.

With two goals already under his belt, Martin took on the play-making role, beating the Lynn Tech defense and sliding a pass over to Sakhin to push the lead back to three goals.

Martin then completed the hat trick with a header off a Silva free kick with 12:40 to play.

Danvers must now turn its attention to Concord-Carlisle, one of the traditional powers in Division 2.

The overall play on defense, in particular the play of freshman goalie Cam Bornstein has Chase optimistic. Bornstein made a great save on a late penalty kick.

“I think this win is big. We’ve got a freshman goaltender in there who didn’t start the season as our starter. He makes a huge PK save late in the game and it didn’t have an effect either way on the final score, but it’s one of those things,” Chase said. “We needed momentum, we needed to push the ball forward and play well. This was probably one of the strongest games of the year, as far as a total team effort.”

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