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Hornets Battle in Tight Loss
Monday night lights in Concord brought the Hornets to the state capital to battle with St. Paul's. Coming off a streak of strong wins, Proctor was well aware that the Big Red would be a formidable opponent. As kickoff neared, the St. Paul's faithful loaded up the stands and the game got underway.
From the kickoff, St. Paul's attacked with speed along the left flank. In the fifth minute, a well weighted through ball from midfield found the outside mid who fired a sharp angle shot off the underside of the crossbar. This would mark the first goal conceded by the Hornets this season. From that point the game ebbed and flowed back and forth. A good opportunity for St. Paul's came again about half way through the frame but goalkeeper Vic Morales ('22) was equal to it with a top class save diving to her left. The Hornets mustered a few deep shot opportunities but couldn't find the key. The half ended 1-0.
The second half followed much he way the first ended. A tactical adjustment by the Hornets helped mitigate the powerful St. Paul's offense. Battles in the midfield took up the majority of the half. In the center of midfield the Hornets leaned on the experience of warriors like Cassidy Joslin ('22), Emily Charleston ('22), and Ang Arcidi ('22). But we also witnessed huge performances from Bella Morgan ('25) and Maddie Needham ('25) who played beyond their years along with the support of Grace Bean ('23).
The backline stood tall in the face of a potent attack. Featuring the work of Lola Randolph ('23), Lily Menard ('22), and Sasha MacKenzie ('22) in the middle and Ingrid Pekala ('23), Brae MacKenzie ('24) and Eliza Lewis ('23) on the flanks. In short, Hornets dug in deep. Too many players put everything out on the field to fully acknowledge them on this page.
No loss is ever easy. The sting of this one is a reminder of how much we want to get better with each game. On this day, the team showed a great deal of character by rising to a big challenge and leaving everything on the field. We will measure ourselves in many ways over the course of this season and now the bar has been set high for the effort that this team can put forth. We will be back out on the pitch in no time to build on the work we did today and find ways to raise the bar even higher.
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.