Girls soccer hopes to return to the win column against Saugus after close loss to Danvers

After beating host Beverly to begin the Lisa Wales era on a successful note, the Marblehead High girls soccer team made it two in a row on Sept. 11, when they shut down Swampscott, 2-0.

The game against the Big Blue was pretty much even throughout, with Marblehead holding a slim 13-12 advantage on shots on goal.

Marblehead’s Liv Carson netted the first goal against Swampscott from Ava Machado at the seven-minute mark of the first half.

Goalie Kate Burns made a diving save early on in the second half to help maintain the shutout, before Talia Selby gave her teammates some breathing room at the 25-minute mark “on a beautiful bar down goal,” according to Wales.

Kate Twomey anchored the team’s defensive effort to preserve the shutout in front of Burns, who was credited with 12 saves in the game.

But then, the Magicians (2-1) ran into the Danvers Falcons on Sept. 13. The perennial Northeastern Conference (NEC) juggernaut was able to pull out the close win, 3-2 after jumping out to a 2-0 lead.

Marblehead was limited to just eight shots on goal in this game. Grace Mortensen on a comer kick from Ava Larco accounted for the first marker. Sadie Halpern netted the second tally on a solo effort.

“We got off to a slow start against Danvers,” said Wales. “We then picked up our play in the second half after some mental errors.

“But credit Danvers. They have incredible speed, and as a result were able to capitalize on their

opportunities,” added Wales. “It was a competitive match and I proud of the way that the team

responded after being down 2-0.”

The Magicians now get ready to host Saugus on Sept. 20, at 4:30 p.m., before non-league

Melrose comes to town for a Saturday morning game on Sept. 23, starting at 10 a.m.

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