The Danvers girls soccer team’s Division 2 state championship defense remains alive after the No. 4 Falcons defeated No. 12 Wilmington, 4-0, in Monday’s Division 2 North quarterfinal.
After a scoreless half, Danvers found its footing on offense and scored four goals to put the game out of Wilmington’s reach.
Jess Pelletier led the Falcons with two goals, while Riley Baker and Riley DiGilio each scored one goal. Danvers goalie Kylie MacCormack made three saves in the shutout win.
“It’s exciting,” Danvers coach Jim Hinchion said. “Anytime you get to third round it’s exciting. You have to play good soccer to do it. The first half was tough. Wilmington played very good defense. We changed some things up and things kind of opened up after the first goal.
“I thought we had a really strong game defensively as a team. We didn’t gave Wilmington many chances.”
With the win, Danvers advanced to Thursday’s sectional semifinal against undefeated No. 1 Masconomet. The game will be played at a location and time to be announced.
“We know they’re unbeaten,” Hinchion said. “They have a terrific sophomore up-front that has scored a lot of goals. They have a terrific center-mid. They’re going to be tough. They’re playing terrific soccer. I think it should be really good soccer for people to come and see.”
Westford Academy 3, Peabody 0
At Westford Academy, the No. 6 Tanners watched their season end with a loss to the No. 3 Grey Ghosts in the Division 1 North quarterfinal.
Westford scored two quick goals in the first eight minutes but Peabody settled down and played a better game the rest of the way.Peabody had the edge in corners 6-3 and controlled play in good parts of the second half but couldn’t capitalize.
“It was a great experience for our squad and with most returning we look to be even stronger next season,” Peabody coach Dennis Desroches said.
McKayla Fisher, Samantha Simmons, Emma Darling and Shelby Doucette (16 saves) all played well for Peabody.
Peabody closed the season at 10-8-1.
St. John’s 2, Lexington 1 (PK)
The No. 9 Eagles pulled an upset on the road at top-seeded Lexington. Eagles goalie Christian Buckley made two saves and scored during the shootout. Garrison Jorge, John Campbell and Sam Smith (game-winner) also scored in the shootout. Gabe Najim scored in the first half on a free kick.
“Lexington was the No. 1 seed,” Eagles coach Dave Crowell said. “They were very good. We’re very happy with the win. It’s a great win for our program. We’ve had a great year.
“It’s the second game in a row we’ve played well defensively. We grinded out the win. I know it’s cliche but it’s one game at a time and we’ll move forward.”
With the victory, St. John’s advanced to the Division 1 North semifinal against No. 4 East Boston. The semifinal game will be played Wednesday evening (5:30) at Glatz Field.
East Boston sealed its bid in the semifinal round with a 1-0 overtime win over Somerville in the quarterfinal.
“We don’t know much about them,” Crowell said of the Jets. “We know they beat Somerville and Somerville’s a good team. We’ll certainly have our hands full.”
At the Northeastern Conference meet this past weekend, it was the Marblehead boys cross country team that came away victorious. The top finishers for the Magicians were Loeden Rodrigues (third, 16:28), Ciro Martin-Sotos (fifth, 16:33), Oliver Glass (seventh, 16:38), Harry DiBartolo (ninth, 17:12), and John Lucas (12th, 17:14).