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Gearing Up For The Journey
There is no quick way to get to Hebron Academy from Andover, NH. It takes time to make the journey; you can't rush it so you may as well sit back, enjoy the ride, and appreciate the company.
A bit of a later start from campus, a little road construction along the way, and a couple bathroom breaks put us a little behind schedule. The Hornet bus pulled onto campus at Hebron about 15 minutes before kickoff. So the team got ready in a hurry with the guidance of senior captains Brynne Makechnie ('22) and Cassidy Joslin ('22). As we huddled from the abbreviated warm up we emphasized that obstacles do exist but the excuses that one can derive from them have no place.
When the opening whistle blew, the Hornets jumped right into action with good possession and ball movement to get things underway. Then, just over 60 seconds into the match, Piper Sullivan ('22) broke free on the right flank and served a pinpoint square ball to Ang Arcidi ('22) who delivered a powerful right footed shot to the back of the twine. The scoreline would remain 1-0 for most of the first half as the Lumberjack defense plugged holes and limited opportunities for the Hornets, and the net minder kept Proctor from increasing the lead. However, a smart low cross from Milly Kirkman ('24) found Sullivan who was cool in front of the net and picked a corner for the second goal of the game. Then, in an individual moment of brilliance, Bella Morgan ('25) registered her first career goal with some fine footwork and a well struck shot from 18 yards with only one minute remaining in the half.
In the second half, the Hornets continued to apply pressure and possess in the middle and final third. In the 53rd minute, Maddie Needham ('25) settled a cross nicely in the goal area for Arcidi to put home her second of the match. About ten minutes later, Makechnie fed a through ball onto Juju Hoder's ('23) run as she broke through the back line for the fifth Hornet goal of the game. The 72nd minute saw Makechnie register another assist as she laid a ball off to Sullivan who fired a hard and low shot from 25 yards which found the net for Sullivan's fourth goal of the season. The final goal came just a minute later when Kirkman slipped a ball across for Hoder to complete her brace with a one time slotted shot.
With the game complete and the task at hand accomplished, the Hornets loaded back up to start the journey home. While it is a long way to travel for a game, it might just serve as a bit of a reminder for us about what we have ahead. This season is young and our team has a long way to go. There will be days and weeks that cruise along without much note and there will be days that will feel like we are stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. As we gear up for the start of our Lakes Region schedule, we have to acknowledge and prepare ourselves for the reality that the road will get bumpier. It won't be smooth cruising all the way along and when the journey feels long or on the days when it feels like we're not getting anywhere, it will be important for us to pause, look around, enjoy the ride, and appreciate the company.
That is what we need to remind ourselves of every day: we're on this journey together. As the journey gets more challenging, we need to know that and trust in the people we have around us that will remain together. Because you can't rush it, there is no easy way to get there.
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.