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Girls' JV Soccer Explodes on Offense
The mandate going into Friday afternoon's game against visiting KUA, the mandate was simple: shoot often. The Girls' JV Soccer squad did just that, unleashing 27 shots on goal, netting 5 for a 5-0 shutout of Kimball Union. Four different players found the back of the net, and the score could have been considerably higher except for the defensive skills of KUA's goalkeeper, who recorded nearly 20 saves.
Offensively, Emma Harrell '25 had a big day, opening the game at 11:40 to net the opening goal from a scrum in front of KUA's goal. Emma would return to the same scenario at minute 63:00, taking the score to 5-0. Captain Bella Eaton '22 played an unselfish leadership role, feeding many crosses and reserving her shooting to two arcing shots, one of which scored the second goal at 16:45 out near the eighteen from the right. Captain Olivia Ames '23 was similarly generous with her carrying and passing. Thea Glass '24, demonstrating increasing offensive comfort and confidence, took a pass from the middle and scored on a breakaway at 32:00 to put Proctor up 3-0 at the half. Lily Krehbiel '24, the high shooter of the day with four attempts at the net, buried a high shot two minutes into the second half, and then the squad went into cruise control until Emma's final goal.
Keeper and Captain Kathryn Rice '22 may have found it quieter than she expected in goal, but she recorded four saves and executed powerful punts to keep the ball in KUA's half for most of the minutes. Nice shutout, Kat! Paige Makechnie '25 continued to show outstanding ball control and increasing confidence in carrying the ball into KUA's half from her spot at sweeper, with Delaney Young '24 and Cade Wiley '25 showing particular defensive alertness in adjusting their spots in those transitions. Cade made the most of her passing skills to distribute up the lines to the midfielders, and Delaney made a number of important throw-ins. As ever, Morgan Hart Nibbrig '25 proved the linchpin of the transitions from defense to offense, and her powerful corner kicks offered a number of scoring opportunities.
From the sidelines this appeared to be a very clean game, albeit with quite a bit of bunching, so starting to think more about zones of dominance will feature in our planning as we prepare to travel to New Hampton School on Wednesday. At this writing New Hampton will be looking to pick up their first win, so it will take discipline on our part to bring our increasingly powerful offensive game to complement our excellent defense. The action next occurs there at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6.
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.