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Proctor Battles Past VA
You won't win every game pretty. That was part of the tale on Wednesday as the Hornets played host to the Wildcats from across the Connecticut River. The unseasonably warm day pitted two teams who haven't seen each other in a couple years against one another for a classic Lakes Region tilt.
From the kickoff the Hornets got onto the front foot and began to move the ball into the attack; the initial energy was positive from the team. An early chance came as Ang Arcidi ('22) ripped off a good shot that rebounded to Brae MacKenzie ('24) who followed up but was stymied by the keeper. As the first half worked onward, Vermont started to test the Hornet backline as they fed through balls to their speedy striker. A couple breaks put Vic Morales ('22) into action who was equal to the challenges with a few sharp saves. Sixteen minutes into the match, Brynne Makechnie ('22) fed a ball to Bella Morgan ('25) who put her head down and fired a low heavy shot that beat the net minder for a 1-0 lead. In the dying minutes of the half, Vermont's speedy striker made her way into the box with pace and was upended on the play. The Wildcats made no mistake and fired a well struck penalty to the top corner. 1-1 at the half.
In the second frame, the Hornets continued to apply pressure to the Vermont back line but between their resilience and a couple quality kick saves, the Hornets were unable to capitalize. The Hornets knocked on the door several times but couldn't get it open as they committed numbers into the attack. With under five minutes remaining Maddie Needham ('25) moved the ball square across the 18-yard box where Milly Kirkman ('24) placed a left-footed strike out of reach of the goalkeeper for her first career goal. The Hornets would see the game out and claim the 2-1 victory over a gritty Wildcat squad.
It wasn't pretty all the time, though the Hornets put together windows in which they moved the ball effectively about the pitch. The final stroke wasn't always there but as one can read from flow of play, the Hornets asked a lot of good questions. Had any one of those opportunities found their way into the net, the complexion of the game may have changed drastically. Such is soccer, it can be extremely frustrating to see opportunities stopped by defenses and goalkeepers but it might just be the lesson we needed. We can control what we can and move the ball about the field, but we must remember that there is always another group on the other side trying to stop us. And sometimes they will with success and so we need to take a breath calm our minds and get back to what we know.
The Hornets will be put back to the test as the welcome the Rams under the lights on Friday for our Fall Family Weekend celebration at 6pm.
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.