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Hornets Earn Tough Road Win
Prepping for our only game on grass this season, the Hornets practiced this week on Carr Field, old school & organic, in between the ski hill and Ragged Mountain in warm fall temps. No synthetic for us, just the real McCoy of dirt & sod. Grass stained & grimy.
The team had some players in new positions and the change paid off with steady pressure in the VA end as we pushed forward. Struggling to possess the ball cleanly, a few through balls and slower build-up earned outside shots but nothing incisive.
In the 39th minute, Henry Krehbiel ’23 gathered the ball just over midfield and spied dangerous Pape Diop ’22 pressing the backline. His well-weighted through ball allowed Diop to speed in alone where he spied the VA goalie coming out hard and chipped over his sprawling dive for the first tally of the day. The team circled up & returned to fending off the VA squad.
Midfield play was bolstered by the junior squad of Eric Edmonds, An Nguyen, Nate Howell, and Owen Kreisler. Augie Oberting was relentless in breaking up plays in front of the curtain of four.
The half ended with Proctor catching a break as the whistle blew just as Vermont shot at our goal and that curling ball ended up in the net but nullified.
Our pressure earned lots of corner kicks and in the 54th minute, one of the stars of the day Edmonds lined up another corner and Diop ran onto and flicked his head high curler into the side netting for the final goal.
The clean sheet came at the hands of senior goalie Reed Martin who stepped up after an injury and was decisive and efficient. Our backline of the law firm Wilby, Matte, Britton & Botti was busy and served notice when needed.
The team rests for a day before hosting neighbor New Hampton School on Monday at 5 PM. Tune in to our livestream or come to the foothills of the Blackwater Valley to cheer us on. The team sends thanks to the parents (team Atwood!) for snacks and support.
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.