PEABODY — It was the kind of win you want to end your regular season with.
Truth be told, it was exactly the type of win the Peabody girls soccer team was hoping for. After suffering their only loss of the season at the hands of Acton-Boxborough last week, the Tanners were looking for a way to redeem themselves.
Powered by its first-rate defense, host Peabody took command of last night’s game early on en route to a 6-0 victory over its Northeastern Conference rival Beverly. The Tanners defenders have allowed just four shots on goal between the two Beverly games this season.
“This was definitely a turn around for us,” said Peabody senior captain Victoria Digiacomo. “Coming off that loss to A-B we knew we needed to step up big. Beverly’s a great team, so we knew it was going to be a great game.
“We take Beverly so serious. The play exactly like us, they’re fast and play on the ground. We knew coming into the game it was going to be a physical one because the last time we played them it was 1-0.”
Finishing off the schedule with three straight wins puts the NEC Large champions at 17-1 overall as they gear up for the playoffs next week.
Digiacomo got the scoring going for the Tanners 10 minutes into the contest. Twin sister Kara launched a direct kick on goal and Victoria tipped the ball in with her head.
“Kara takes most of our direct kicks and she’s so accurate with them,” said Peabody coach Dennis Desroches. “She’s an incredible fullback with a great touch. And then we have kids who can really work hard off the ball, can see gaps in the defense and know how to attack it.”
The Panthers (14-3) remained down by only a single for the next 15 minutes and had some opportunities themselves, with great balls from Kristen O’Connor and Casey Cook.