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Skies Clear, Hornets Ride Out Hurricane

The previous week saw lightning zap us and an East Coast bomb cyclone roll through, so we should have expected something stormy. With eyes on the barometer under the sun-splashed flanks of Ragged Mountain, we hosted the Bobcats of Brewster for our second meeting of Class B Lakes Region foes. Having beaten them on a PK the first meeting, we expected this to stir up anything from heavy surf to an ozone hole.

Proctor had an edge in offensive possession and opportunities early on, and the weather map showed hot spots where strikers Pape Diop, Luke Ryan, Nils Holland, and Tyler Duhl ranged and overlapped. Midflielders Tim ‘ice in my veins’ Bechtold and Nate ‘ain’t no chinook’ Chickering again scudded across the pitch to contain and threaten. Bryson ‘monsoon’ Martin brought waves of pressure both on offense and covering defensively. Ben ‘double down’ Blanchard ranged as the leading edge of our outside storm.

In the 15th minute our heat index rose and we got some lift. With Luke Ryan clearing a ball to Nate Chickering who moved it wide to ‘no hail’ Holland, the ball lasered to the foot of ‘pressure drop’ Pape Diop who put a frozen rope into the near side corner despite the keeper’s dive. We felt a little Senegal sun. Minutes later, goalie Massimo Thauvette touched a dangerous ball over the cross bar but our back line defenders kept our score sheet clean at halftime. Max ‘blue smoke’ Smith, ‘turbulence’ Trey Chickering, Cam ‘jar o’ lightning’ Joslin, and Nate ‘multivortex’ Murawski built a wall of strong resistance.

The second half saw Proctor tally four minutes in with Diop hitting a clever through ball to Duhl who sent a partly sunny pass to a streaking Ryan who crushed a storm cell squarely to the back of the net for a two goal cushion. But the guys in green squandered numerous scoring chances that might’ve turned this game in a tropical breeze. Bechtold, Diop, and Duhl hit posts after great combination play and another open net meant only vanishing mists.

Brewster brought more pressure back into the contest in the 65th minute with a beautiful strike off a diagonal pass that made it 2-1. Despite plenty of counter attack opportunities, the Bobcat pressure had us skittering on permafrost in the final minutes as we repelled their buildups, but a dangerous through ball caused a foul in our box and gasps in the family weekend crowd. The radar flashed a late breaking disaster forecast.

Staring at the dark clouds massing, our Canadian goalie, Thauvette, no stranger to extreme weather, waited as the ball was placed for the Brewster penalty kick. He always has a plan for these moments and he dove decisively to his right and incredibly got his foot on the low blast and cleared it wide to save the win. Meteorologist & Man of the Match.

The team has time to think of how we can improve on holding onto leads as we enjoy a long rest before hosting rival Holderness on Wednesday. Plans include showing gratitude to parents and families for all the support we enjoy.
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