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Three Second Half Goals Propel Proctor
It was a pretty quick turnaround for the Hornets after their midweek game to get ready for a Friday night classic under the lights of Kennedy Field on the campus of the New Hampton School. Proctor loaded up the busses and readied themselves for what they knew would be their first good test of the year. The Hornets took to the field for warmups with a positive buzz and sincere excitement for the challenge.
Right from the kickoff, the Hornets put pressure onto the Huskies with a great deal of energy and verve. The first half saw the Hornets apply a great deal of pressure as they looked for holes and space behind the Husky back line. Late in the half, Piper Sullivan ('22) broke through and got a shot off but was met with a sharp save by the Husky goalkeeper to hold onto the 0-0 scoreline. Strong play across the Hornet backline featuring Eliza Lewis ('23), Lola Randolph ('23), Sasha MacKenzie ('22) and Lily Menard ('22) kept the New Hampton attack to the flanks and away from dangerous spaces. The half ended with the two clubs deadlocked.
The second frame began with the Hornets picking up directly where they left off. The relentless pressure and high energy paid off five minutes into the second half when Brynne Makechnie ('22) received the ball from Ingrid Pekala ('23) and drove downfield before stepping past a defender and sliding her third goal in as many games home. Only four minutes later the Hornets struck again; this time Sullivan played a quick throw in to Cassidy Joslin ('22) who danced through the defensive line and put the ball in the back of the net. As the half wore on, the Proctor backline continued to hold strong as Menard, MacKenzie, Randolph, and Pekala closed ranks in front of Vic Morales ('22) who provides a great deal of confidence from the back. Twelve minutes from time, Joslin would return the favor to Sullivan and set her up for a long run with the ball on her foot that she confidently finished. The final whistle blew with a 3-0 scoreline in Proctor's favor.
Each member of the Proctor squad was able to put a little stamp on the game as the depth of the team was once again featured. Three games into the season, we're starting to get a better sense of what we can do and who we are. There are still question marks and areas of our play that we want to improve but what we've seen so far is encouraging.
What is abundantly clear is that we need to lean on each and every player on the roster. Whether it is in a training session or a match, the strength of our squad is the depth of it. We have seen that as the game goes on we can remain strong and dynamic. Therein lies the lesson of this game and the point we emphasized in training this week and during the lead up to kickoff: we need to be patient. We had a game plan and we stuck to it, we knew that our depth would allow us to play 80 hard minutes that would make life hard for our opponent. But this is not something we can do alone. It will take all 24 of our rostered players building each other up and cheering each other on.
We still have some work to do, but that is one of the things we love about the game.
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.