“Our communication got better, the defense to the midfielders and then through to the forwards,” added Plaza. “We try not to let other teams beat us physically or mentally and we remained strong on the field.”
Despite the scoring onslaught by Danvers, the Big Blue played a relatively sound game in the opening half. Defenders Mackenzie Robertson, Lauren Sullivan and Aisling Dennehy didn’t let much get through to Rizzo, who stopped 10 shots including two diving saves towards the end of the game.
“Danvers played very well and we didn’t respond,” said first year Swampscott head coach Ken Leeder. “They beat us on every 50/50 ball in the second half. We needed to do better on our set pieces, but it’s only one half — the girls tried hard.”
Danvers has put up 12 goals in the past two contests, both of which were conference games and both shutout performances.
“I felt since last season ended that we’re capable of this, but it’s just come a little bit slower than I expected this season,” said Hinchion. “It’s OK though, if we continue to play well and play like this, good things will happen.”