BEVERLY — Against most teams, a defensive hiccup here or there and a momentary loss of concentration are no big deal.
Against the Beverly girls soccer team, however, just one mistake can bury you.
Visiting Danvers saw that first hand yesterday on the turf at Beverly High, where senior striker Caitlin Harty completed her hat trick by scoring twice in a one-minute span to give the Panthers a 3-1 win.
The Falcons (5-3) had controlled possession for much of the second half and equalized in the 66th minute when Delaney Zecha finished Kylie Plaza’s corner kick.
When play resumed, however, Sarah Visnick’s pass sent Harty into the attacking end and she scored to give Beverly (7-1-2) the lead right back. That scene played out again immediately, with Eva Gourdeau providing the assist this time, as Harty and the hosts stunned Danvers with two quick scores.
“You cannot lapse for 10 seconds against Beverly. Their attack is too good,” said Danvers head coach Jimmy Hinchion. “You make just two mistakes and a 1-1 game turns into 3-1 fast.”
Beverly, on the other hand, was happy to take advantage of those miscues. The Panthers were the stronger team for much of the first half but spent chunks of the second stanza on their heels; after Danvers scored to tie it, the Black-and-Orange responded in a big way.
“I was really proud of the way we went right back at them after they tied it,” said Beverly coach Kristin Simpson. “It was great to see us rally.”
Danvers had two excellent scoring chances in the final 10 minutes. Shannon Pohle beat to defenders and the keeper, but her shot hit the bottom the crossbar and bounced straight down without crossing the goal line. Then with about three minutes to go, Plaza’s direct kick from 16 yards away also hit the bar.