MARBLEHEAD — One of the main focal points of the Danvers girls soccer team is its ability to score in crucial moments.
With their backs against the wall, the Falcons came from behind to take down a strong Northeastern Conference opponent in Marblehead, 2-1.
The host Magicians (3-1-2) came into the contest previously undefeated and just a point behind Danvers in the conference standings, but they soon found out just how serious Danvers was about holding onto that top spot.
“We knew they were unbeaten and that the standings were close,” said Danvers head coach Jimmy Hinchion, whose team is now 4-1-2 overall. “Our game plan was just to play our game. We knew they’d be strong and they certainly were, but we wanted to be patient. We didn’t panic when we got down, which was huge. Our thing is if we get an opportunity we want to cash in on it.”
Sophomore Mia Bongiorno has been a scoring machine for Marblehead as of late. Bongiorno dribbled down the left side of the field towards the Falcons’ net and with a quick release sent one past keeper Leah Ciampa for the first score of the game in the sixth minute.
“She was unbelievable for us today,” explained Marblehead coach Andrew Bub. “The girl is a sophomore and plays like a senior. She controls the middle with a lot of patience and has great vision. Mia helps the players around her get better. She’s a quiet girl, but plays very loud on the field.”
Danvers was hunting for the tying goal for the rest of the half. The Falcons were aggressive with their play, going hard to the goal and even survived a few collisions with Marblehead keeper Cassie Rodgers.
With just under two minutes to play before halftime, Shannon Pohle ran hard through Marblehead defenders and after another collision with Rodgers, scored to tie it for Danvers at one a piece.