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Hornets Shine Under the Lights

As campus buzzed with the excitement of Fall Family Weekend, the Hornets geared up for a match against the Rams from Tilton School. After a midweek battle, the Hornets were hungry to get back on the pitch and put some new things to work. 

Under the glow of the lights on Farrell Field, the Hornets and Rams kicked off in front of a raucous home crowd. Right from the outset, Proctor pushed forward and put what we developed in practice to work with sharp passing combinations in the attacking third that put the Rams defense to work early. In the 6th minute, a ball played deep from the Proctor end was expertly flicked on by Maddie Needham ('25) to an onrushing Cassidy Joslin ('22) who flew through the back line before coolly tucking the breakaway home for the opener. In the follow up play, the Hornets continued to find sharp connections as Ang Arcidi ('22), Juju Hoder ('23), and Needham connected effectively along with midfield play that kept the Hornets on the front foot. In the 16th minute, Needham was taken down in the Ram penalty area; she stepped up and confidently fired the penalty kick home to register her first career goal, a fair award for some very sharp play throughout the season. After some late pressure from the Rams, the Hornets closed out the half with a two-nil lead. 

In the second half, the Hornets came out buzzing. Four minutes into the frame, a lovely combination on the right flank put Meg Patrick ('22) through to the corner, she played a sharp cross onto the top of the six-yard box and Brynne Makechnie ('22) beat her defender to the ball to finish on the volley. The Hornets were starting to take a commanding lead but the Rams would not go quietly into the night. In the 48th minute, a Ram midfielder picked up the ball and struck a pure strike from 35 yards into the top corner. 3-1. With that, Proctor went back to work with strong stretches of good possession as they moved the ball patiently and purposefully about the pitch. In the dying moments of the game, Emily Charleston ('22) drove to the endline and served a low driven ball across the face of goal which ricocheted off a defender to extend the lead. Moments later the final whistle blew with the Hornets holding a 4-1 advantage. 

The offensive onslaught was a welcome shift from a series of stingy games. The Hornets have been looking for ways to create more offense and found the answer with six goals from six different players over the past two games. After the game, the Hornets gathered for a celebratory dinner organized by the parents; the delicious spread was a treat as the girls took time to celebrate the game and - more importantly - each other. 

As we head into a short break for Fall Family Weekend and enjoy the victory of another hard fought battle, the time taken to celebrate with families is an important reminder of the community we play for and the one that supports us. The grind of a season can be a taxing one, but when we have the love and support of the Proctor community, of our families, and of our teammates it feels a whole lot easier. 

A big thanks to all the supporters on the sideline and watching at home. We look forward to feeling the support when we're back in action on Wednesday against the New Hampton Huskies.
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