The Danvers boys soccer team, not including freshman Jackson McPherson, has had some trouble scoring goals this year. McPherson found a way to come through for the Falcons against last night at Gloucester.
McPherson scored the game winner with about seven minutes to go with a heel kick as Danvers edged the Fishermen, 2-1, at Newell Stadium.
“It was a crazy play. The ball came across the middle on a long throw and Jackson settled it with his back to the net and heel kicked it in,” Danvers coach Mike Chase said. “Gloucester called a timeout immediately and he said, ‘I’ve never done that before in my life.’”
The goal was McPherson’s 14th of the season and it helped Danvers finish the regular season at 11-1-6. Caio Silva provided the assist for McPherson.
Nikolay Sahkin scored two minutes into the game off a feed from Ryan Kelleher to give Danvers a 1-0 lead. Gloucester answered with roughly six minutes to play in the first half.
Ryan Buchanan played well defensively for the Falcons.
Danvers 7, Gloucester 0: The Falcons scored six goals in the first half and had six different goals scorers for the game on Senior Night. Shannon Pohle scored twice with Courtney Arnoldy, Kaitlyn Bates, Allie Zunick, Emily Murphy and Olivia Davis each finding the net once. Arnoldy and Zunick added assists while Kylie Plaza had a pair of helpers.
Delaney Zecha, Meaghan McKenna and Meaghan McCarriston also had assists for Danvers, which finished the regular season 11-6-1. Danvers coach Jimmy Hinchion praised all 10 of his senior soccer players and three senior team managers.
Bishop Fenwick 3, Medway 0: The Crusaders closed the regular season at 18-2 after 25-16, 25-20, 25-16 wins. Kate Lipka had 17 kills and Tessa McLaughlin produced 23 assists to lead the way. Jen Crovo (14 digs), Gianna Pizzano (15 digs) and Olivia Morsey (16 digs) also stood out for Fenwick.
Marblehead 3, Hamilton-Wenham 1: The Generals celebrated Senior Night, but lost 20-25, 24-26, 25-13, 13-25. Senior libero Leah Walsh had eight aces and seven digs to power Hamilton-Wenham while classmate Hannah Wendt stepped in and played well.
Junior outside hitter Maddie O’Connor and Julia Fibbe also hit well for Hamilton-Wenham.
Salem Academy places second at MCSAO Meet: Andrew Lussier led the way with a ninth place finish as Salem Academy placed second overall in the Massachusetts Charter School Athletic Organization’s (MCSAO) championship meet at Franklin Park in Dorchester.
Teammates Will Lewis (14th overall), Nate Silva (16th) and Jake Craven (17th) were close behind Lussier. Andrew Mesrobian (33rd) also had a solid showing while Ava Mahoney (35th overall) was the third female finisher in the race.
Gordon 2, Endicott 1: Freshman Grant Stevens’ late goal gave the visiting Scots a victory over their arch rivals in Beverly. Junior Abdullah Al Khalifa took a pass from Salem native Edwin Demoya to give Endicott () a 1-0 lead, but nationally ranked Gordon came back to tie it on freshman Colten Corey’s strike.
Salem State 2, Southern Maine 0: Salem native Max Mondestin’s second half goal off a corner kick proved to be the game-winner while teammate Ralph Bertrand of Rowley added an insurance tally to propel the Vikings (3-12) to a win. Nondas Kargakis (2 saves) picked up his second straight shutout in goal, while Matt Figueiredo added an assist.
Endicott 3, Gordon 0: The Gulls (15-7-1) got two goals from Madison Missinne and one from Shelby McLenithan in shutting out their Commonwealth Coast Conference rivals.
Salem State 3, Johnson & Wales 0: Sophomore Leah Wood scored all three goals for the Vikings (6-7-2) while classmate Rachel Ledbetter made three saves for the shutout.
Endicott 3, Eastern Nazarene 0: The Gulls’ only senior Callie Dolan stood out on Senior Night, contributing seven kills and eight digs as Endicott (19-13) won 25-13, 25-13, 25-16.
Mount Ida 3, Salem State 0: Despite 11 kills and a team-high six digs from senior Jazmin Santos, the Vikings were swept in Newton, 25-20, 25-21, 21-9. Jerika Santiago added six digs for Salem State (5-13).