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Proctor JVGSO Starts Winning Season
Shaking off the lethargy of a big academic week, Proctor took to the road in big bus #2 to go across Route 4 to New Hampton School. Climbing downhill to the Lower Field, Proctor enjoyed being in the center of New Hampton's campus, despite the coaches' whistles signaling their football players' drills and the presence of a boys' soccer team near our goal. Within the first minute, Captain Olivia Ames '23 put Proctor on the board on an assist from Captain Bella Eaton '22. Bella would be next, scoring her first of two away-game goals at minute 2:00. One or both of these two strikers would figure in all of Proctor's goals save one. Olivia offered an assist to Presley Eckhardt '24 at minute 9:00, which Presley buried in New Hampton's goal. Bella closed out the first half with a straight shot at minute 29:00. Lily Krehbiel '25 exploited a breakaway at minute 44:00 of the sixty minute game to make it 5-0 for Proctor.
At the risk of returning to the "belie" lesson from St. Paul's, the score belies the stalwart defensive play that made Nora Headley '23's first shutout in goal possible. She made five key saves and kept her cool despite a number of loose balls bumping around in front of the goal, letting an additional five shots from New Hampton go wide and earning goal kicks as a result. Paige Makechnie '25 had another strong game at sweeper, aided by defenders Captain Kathryn Rice '22, Cade Wiley '25, and Delaney Young '24. With a comfortable lead, we were able to rest Delaney for much of the second half and give Cade a chance at midfield, where her dogged determination as a runner made her an important contributor. Morgan Hart Nibbrig '25 had another outstanding game at stopper, effectively covering both midfield and the top of the defense. Distinguished by her hustle, Anna "Gibby" Gibson '23 had valuable time in the midfield, and both Katy Balch '25 and Addie Pine '25 returned to the lineup after being out for a time.
With five subs available today, the team feels as if we are on the mend! Upon our return to Proctor, we were able to travel up the stairs in Maxwell Savage to ring the bell for my first time in four seasons of coaching soccer here. New Hampton comes to Proctor for a re-match on Saturday at 2:00 to launch us into Fall Family Weekend festivities. Come check out this spirited and talented squad!
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.