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Offensive Frenzy Nets 7-0 Win

Having just played New Hampton School at their home field on Wednesday, we were ready for some offensive shuffling and spirited play for our Fall Family Weekend game. The return of Katy Balch '25 to the lineup at her preferred striker position and a calmness and confidence among our offense allowed the team to flourish, with three goals in the first seven minutes, two of them by Katy and one by Captain Bella Eaton '22 from the middle. Katy finished her hat trick with a third goal from the left at 10:40. The other offensive shift, moving Captain Olivia Ames '23 to the outside midfield, netted two additional goals. Olivia and Bella showed particular leadership in making plays and generously passing, even passing back, to allow for more shots from players not yet on the board. All told, the offense took 17 shots on goal versus 5 on New Hampton's side.

While the game featured lots of offensive momentum, we worked on defensive midfield play, trying to rest our stalwart defenders a bit through keeping the ball in the middle third, if not New Hampton's half in general. Presley Eckhardt '24 and Thea Glass '25 were particularly effective as defensive midfielders, with Olivia playing an attacking midfielder's role as instructed by visiting team analyst and JVGSO alumna Emma Pine '23, who offered the strategy before the game. 

Lily Krehbiel '25 and Morgan Hart Nibbrig continued to play significant roles in transitional positions. Lily scored from the middle in minute 20:00, putting Proctor up 6-0 at the half, so she moved into a defensive role later in the game, showing great versatility. Morgan continued to be a clutch player at stopper during the first half, and with the score as it was, we could afford to try her in a striker's role, where she played effectively and unselfishly. As a result of these shifts, the defense showed extra resilience, with Captain Kathryn Rice '22 in particular enjoying a strong role in clearing balls to the midfield and arcing important throw-ins. Delaney Young '24 and Cade Wiley '25 moved into the stopper's role at various points of the game to allow other defenders some rest. Keeper Nora Headley '23 recorded her second shut-out, stopping four shots on goal. 

Speaking of rest, I know the team will enjoy their long Fall Family Weekend respite following today's game. They'll need it, with three road games next week. Doubtless they'll be rested and ready to load the buses following PSATs and the Ninth-Grade hike for the long road trip to White Mountain School on Wednesday.  Dinner on the way back may prove a highlight, thanks to the generosity of parents, who have continued to shower gifts on this team. Our record at 3-1-1 will be put to the test late in the week against perennial rivals KUA and Holderness. 
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