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Hornets Open with Team First Win
The heat was beating down on Farrell Field as Winchendon traveled north for Proctor's season opener. It was evident from the outset that the Hornet's would need every player to be ready to contribute in the oppressive heat. With the team goals of individual and collective discipline and starting to build some chemistry and learning to trust each other, the Hornets kicked off their season.
Right from the first whistle Proctor took control over the game and dominated in the midfield. Only 4 minutes in, Piper Sullivan ('22) opened her senior season after collecting a pass from Sasha MacKenzie ('22) at midfield and turning past her defender, finding space to get to the Winchendon 18 yard box and tucking home the opener. In the 13th minute, senior captain Brynne Makechnie ('22) coolly finished a shot into the corner from just inside the 18 to double the lead. Five minutes later, Sullivan got her first half brace directly from a corner kick that snuck in the near post. Then, with just under 10 minutes remaining in the half, Ang Arcidi ('22) connected with captian Cassidy Joslin ('22) on some clever passing play to find herself with a shot that proved too much for the net-minder.
The second half opened with a similar energy as Kelby Whitehead ('22) won a ball in the air that found its way to Sullivan who rounded out the hat trick just one minute into the frame. Fifteen minutes later, Juju Hoder ('23) and Emma Pine ('23) opened their varsity careers with a nice combination as Pine fed a ball past the Winchedon goalkeeper where Hoder tucked it away in the empty net. Makechnie would strike again off an assist from Arcidi who fed the striker with a pinpoint through ball that Makechnie neatly finished. Finally, with nine minutes remaining, Pine sent a ball across the goal which was redirected off a defender and into the net. The offensive outburst and stout defense were the result of every Hornet having an opportunity to contribute to the effort.
The result is an exciting one to kickoff the season; a season that is coming with high hopes and a fair deal of optimism as the Hornets field an experienced roster. Nine members of the squad started their varsity soccer careers 4 years ago (technically Vic started 5 years ago but we're not here to split hairs), and now they find themselves getting their final season underway. So as we look for the foundation of this season we are turning first to their past: when these seniors were just beginning their careers, the (legendary?) coach who brought them into the program emphasized above all else the importance of being good teammates. Four years later, we look back to that guidance as the beginning and the end. A seemingly simple request with such massive implications into the success of a program, we will measure ourselves by many things this year, but the most important one will be on our ability to prioritize being good teammates.
Located in Andover, NH, Proctor Academy is a private coeducational day and boarding school for grades 9–12. Students benefit from a rigorous academic program, experiential off-campus programs, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.