After dropping its last two games, the No. 9 Danvers boys’ soccer team was hoping to return to form after an 8-0 start, but Peabody forged a 1-1 draw Thursday in Danvers.
“It was a very clean, well played game,” Peabody coach Stan McKeen said. “It was fitting that it ended in a tie.”
After a scoreless first half, Danvers defender Drew Piazza converted a floated pass to the middle of the box into a 1-0 lead in the 65th minute.
McKeen was pleased with the play of junior netminder Sean Walsh.
“The one goal they scored was certainly not his fault,” McKeen said. “He played very well, made the saves he had to make. He kept us in the game.”
Once behind, McKeen decided to switch to a three-forward push from the two-forward, four-midfielder configuration.
“It was one coaching move that worked,” he said.
With five minutes to play, the Tanners knotted the game when senior striker Valasi Duni crossed the ball outside the box to sophomore striker Ben Manoogian, who was waiting to tap the ball into the net.
“I was somewhat frustrated because I thought we played well throughout the game . . . [and playing] on their field is a tough place to play,” McKeen said.
The Tanners will use the momentum from the matchup of Northeastern Conference division leaders; they need 3 points to clinch a state tournament berth.
“It’s going to propel us through the rest of the season because it’s our biggest rivalry,” he said. “It would have been nice to get a win, but I’m happy with a tie.”
Georgetown 3, Triton 0 — John Laut had a goal and an assist for the Royals.
North Andover 4, Andover 0 — Senior forward Evan Dudney notched two goals and two assists to lead the Knights (9-1-2).
New Bedford 2, Dartmouth 1 — Junior Klisman Sousa and senior Osla Dibrito scored for the Whalers.
Wilmington 2, Stoneham 0 — Junior Jimmy Murphy scored the winning goal in the 45th minute and junior goaltender Luke Foley made two saves for his seventh shutout to lead the Wildcats (6-1-4).
Attleboro 3, Sharon 1 — Freshman Zach Rodrigues netted two goals for the Bombardiers.
Silver Lake 4, Quincy 3 — Paul Beatty’s hat trick — the junior has 11 goals — was the difference for the Lakers (8-3-1).
St. John’s Prep 2, Catholic Memorial 1— Senior Tommy Buonopane scored the winning goal for the No. 7 Eagles (11-1).
North Andover 2, Andover 0 — Goals from Pam Coufos and Caroline Kirby led the 18th-ranked Knights (8-3-1) to an upset win over the eight-ranked archrival Golden Warriors (7-3-3).
New Mission 3, South Boston 0 — Junior Alison Davey had a goal and two assists for the Titans.
Somerset Berkley 1, Bishop Feehan 1 — Senior center midfielder Sarah Peacheco scored for the Blue Raiders’ fifth tie of the season.
Cardinal Spellman 3, Arlington Catholic 0 — Sophomore goaltender Julia Schneider made seven saves for her eighth shutout as the Cardinals improved to 12-0.
North Attleborough 8, Stoughton 0 — Sophomores Courtney Hewitt and Nikki Chretien each had two goals to lead the Red Rocketeers (7-3-2).
Lowell Catholic 1, Marian 0 — Sophomore Taylor Patterson scored for the Fighting Crusaders.
Peabody 3, Danvers 1 — Senior Hayley Dowd had a goal and an assist to lead the top-ranked Tanners (10-0).
Masconomet 2, Rockport 0 — The Chieftains clinched a state tournament berth behind goals from forward Lexi Sheehan and midfielder Leah Connergy.
Newburyport 130, Pentucket 116 — Junior captain Brenden Crowther led the Clippers (6-7) with 30 quota points at Raleigh Country Club.
Holliston 243, Bellingham 248 — Blackhawk senior Don Crummett was the medalist, shooting an even-par 36 at Bungay Brook GC in Bellingham.
Duxbury 226, Xaverian 245 — Senior Nick Drago led the Dragons (13-2) with a 1-under-par 35 at Duxbury Yacht Club.
BC High 239, Catholic Memorial 241 — Freshman Brendan Ridge shot a 2-over-par 37 at George Wright GC as the Eagles improved to 10-3.
Cardinal Spellman 3, Coyle & Cassidy 0 — Brianna Fogerty had 14 service points, including five aces, and Sara Walsh had four kills to lead the Cardinals.
Canton 3, Mansfield 0— Senior outside hitter Julia Murphy notched 11 kills, 2 aces, and 3 blocks to lead the sixth-ranked Bulldogs (25-10, 26-14, 25-22).
Bishop Fenwick 3, Arlington Catholic 1 — The Crusaders (11-3) were led by juniors Kate Lipka (14 kills) and Tess McLaughin (25 assists).
Newton South 3, Bedford 1 — Senior Sara Gelles-Watnick led the Lions (4-6) with 22 digs and five aces.
Westford 1, Acton-Boxborough 1 — Jenna Kilinka scored for the Grey Ghosts and Catherine Gnall scored for the Colonials.