It may not have been pretty, but it seemed appropriate that Corey Persson's 100th career goal come on a play of pure hustle.
The Danvers senior notched a hat trick in the Falcons' 4-1 win over Marblehead on Thursday, reaching the century mark on her third goal when Persson gathered a cross in the box and punched it into the net.
"It's only fitting that it came on a 100-percent effort goal," Danvers coach Jimmy Hinchion said. "That's just her. She can grind it out in the box among two or three defenders and still find a way to get it in the goal."
Persson became the second Falcon to reach the 100-goal mark after Brittany Russo, who now plays for UMass Lowell, did it last season. Persson is one goal away from tying Russo's all-time goals record at Danvers.
Hinchion didn't tell his captain of the approaching milestone, so the mid-game announcement came as a surprise to the mild-mannered Persson and the Falcons (9-2-1).
"It definitely came as a surprise, even though she probably knew she was in the area," said Hinchion, in his 13th year with Danvers. "We saved the ball and we'll present it to her at the end of the season, and the team gave her a little celebration, but we kept it pretty quiet."