, Salem, MA


October 26, 2013

Friday's area roundup: Danvers girls soccer rallies against Marblehead, captures NEC South title


Trailing by two goals at halftime, Danvers scored three second half goals to defeat Marblehead, 4-3 and captured the Northeastern Conference Small title.

Senior midfielder Kylie Plaza factored in on all four of the Falcons (10-6-1) goals. She netted the first one off an assist from Delaney Zecha in the first half. Shannon Pohle and Courtney Arnoldy got the scoring going in the second half, both assisted by Plaza and scored the final goal — the game winner — on an unassisted corner.

“We played well, but the wind made a difference,” said Danvers head coach Jimmy Hinchion. “We played together and never gave up, which says a lot about the character of this team.”

Junior Mia Bongiorno and sophomores Elise Joyce and Sarah Cullen all had first half goals for Marblehead (11-4-2). Goalkeeper Lauren Unterborn was also stellar in goal.

Hinchion also noted that both teams had a moment of silence in memory of Colleen Ritzer and Marblehead presented Danvers with a bouquet of flowers.

Masconomet 2, Hamilton-Wenham 1: Trailing by a goal at halftime, the Chieftains responded in the second half as Kaleigh White scored her 27th goal of the season before Sammi Sheehan got the game-winner with 20 minutes to play. Both White and Sheehan assisted on each other’s goals for Masconomet (12-0-5), while Sarah Katz was a star defensively. Freshman Katy Pelletier (17 saves) was busy in net while earning the win.

Jillian Kefalas got the marker for Hamilton-Wenham (10-4-3), assisted by Caroline Gribbell. Defender Emma Beane, midfielder Maddi Berthoud and forward Molly Eagar were other standouts for the visiting Generals.

Swampscott 2, Winthrop 0: Freshman striker Jamie Caponigro had both goals, giving her seven on the season, as the Big Blue (9-4-4) prevailed. Shauna King and Leah Dawley added assists in the win while Sam Rizzo (3 saves) earned the shutout.

Pingree 4, Dexter Southfield 1: Charlotte Esty recorded three goals and one assist for the Highlanders (11-0-1). Lexi McNinch netted the other goal, while Hannah Becker and Kasey Provost played well in midfield.

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