DANVERS — Mike Chase knew playing high powered St. John’s Prep would be a big test for his Danvers High boys soccer team.
The Eagles didn’t disappoint.
Five different goal scorers helped St. John’s Prep to a 5-1 victory over the Falcons in this crosstown rivalry. It was an ‘exclusion’ game for Danvers, meaning it won’t count on their record as far as tournament seeding goes.
“That’s a helluva program. They’re faster and better than us in every position,” said Chase. “It’s clear they’re all soccer players, not just athletes. Their speed and ability to play one-touch is impressive.”
“This game gets us ready for the bigger ones ahead in the tournament. Getting experience against better programs like St. John’s will prepare us.”
St. John’s Prep (10-1-2 overall) was coming off of a 1-1 tie with Xaverian and faces another Catholic Conference rival, B.C. High, tomorrow. Head coach Dave Crowell wanted his team focused and ready yesterday against the Falcons, and his team delivered.
“We have four players from Danvers this year. It’s a nice rivalry and I’d like to see it continue,” said Crowell.
“We came ready to play and used everybody. We don’t have any one superstar, but we’re solid and deep. When we bring in our next 11 there is no dropoff. We have a lot of offensive weapons.”
Mike Chilton scored his ninth goal of the season after taking a pass from Sam Swain to get the Prep on the scoreboard; four minutes later Chilton set up Mike Lanza to make it 2-0. Pat Foley used his speed to make a run down the right sideline before crossing to a wide open Paul Magazzu in the 24th minute and a 3-0 Prep advantage.
“Chilton’s great strike got us going,” said Crowell. “We moved the ball around and kept possession. The score could have been worse if not for that Danvers goalkeeper (Cam Bornstein), who made some great saves.”