The Witches had some strong saves early by keeper Danielle Pynn but the visitors struggled in transition and didn’t have much offensive possession in the first half. The Tanners did a good job of getting into passing lanes and having active sticks to bat down the Witches’ transition passes.
Christa Trombley, who also helped on the faceoffs by bursting in for ground balls, took advantage of a few telegraphed passes by Salem and helped the Tanners keep the ball in the Witches end.
Peabody, meanwhile, transitioned smoothly all game. Starting goalie Cheyenne Jackson was accurate passing up to the midfield as the Tanners moved the ball up field quickly by opting to pass. Back-up keeper Joanna Ambeliotis also showed good clearing ability when she played in the second half.
“Our goalies did a good job of looking up field,” explained Desroches. “We stress that the ball moves much quicker through the air. Team ball movement is critical.”
Victoria Digiacomo, Mikayla York and Brianna Clarke had a goal each for Peabody.
Salem got one goal each from Courtney Maurice, Emily Coello, Gilbert, Marissa Romeo and Lydia Grasberger. Gilbert in particular was ferocious on ground balls throughout the game.
Witches coach Jess Trioli declined to comment after the match however she did stress how well her girls have played this season. Salem has clinched at least a share of the NEC South in what’s been a historic season for the Witches, who can claim the title outright by defeating or tying Gloucester on Wednesday.