Danvers head coach Mike Chase talked during the preseason about the importance of his team’s defense this season and during last night’s season opener, the defense came through in a big way for the Falcons in a 1-0 shutout against Dracut.
Goalkeeper Cam Bornstein turned away six shouts, while sweeper Matt Kidney played excellent in the backfield and assisted on the game’s only goal of the night, which Cyao Silva scored in the first half.
“It’s a good way to start,” Chase said of the non-league bout. “It was nice to get that first goal early and we put really good pressure on them the entire game.”
The Falcons are off until next Thursday when they take on Woburn.
Ipswich 9, Amesbury 2: The Tigers were ahead 4-0 by halftime and cruised in their season opener. Matt Jeager finished with five goals including a first half hat trick, Zach Eliopolous had a goal and an assist and Dan Lopez and John Odenbach also scored. Max Benford had a pair of helpers, Sam Benford had one as did Kyle Cantrell, Sean Whooley, Angus Mauser and Ryan Finkst.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Masconomet 23, Triton 38: Junior Megan Collins won the race in 19:58 to pace the Chieftains at Bradley Palmer Park. Kathleen Gillespie placed fourth overall (21:54) while tri-captain Kim Cosgrove was fifth (22:02), freshman Gwen Ellis took sixth place (22:51) and tri-captain Erin Johnson was seventh (23:18).
Ipswich 29, Pentucket 28: Sophomore Emily DeMarco won her first cross country race with a time of 21:16 to lead the Tigers to a win on the road. Annie Zampitella was third in 21:40 while Ipswich’s Maggie Brown (22:58), Brooke Robishaw (24:13), Nora Hughes (26:08), Lilly Kallman (27:43) and Katherine Angell (27:44) rounded out their team’s top seven.
Hamilton-Wenham 15, Newburyport 50: The Generals grabbed the top seven spots to open the season with the win. Emily Weigand, Emily Horgan, Jeanine Zeng, Olivia Horgan, Meghan Stone, Amanda Burnett and Mazey Loomis were the top seven finishers for Hamilton-Wenham (1-0).