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Strong Second Propels Proctor
In the heat and sun of an unseasonably warm October day, the Hornets hosted the Huskies on Farrell Field. The beauty of New England fall was met with August temperatures as both teams got ready for their 230 kickoff.
As the game got underway, Proctor came out with good ball control and did well to string patient passes throughout midfield. As the Hornets continued to impress with long bouts of possession, the Huskies didn't give up too much along the backline. In the 10th minute, however, Brynne Makechnie ('22) attacked a loose ball before stepping past a defender and slipping the ball to the far side. Proctor took the 1-0 lead and began to sit in as the Huskies began to build their offense. A couple set pieces were well saved by Vic Morales ('22), but at the 30th minute mark, the Huskies found a way through. A long ball that landed in no-man's land was pounced upon by a New Hampton forward who equalized.
With a 1-1 draw at the half, the Hornets had to find some energy and life from somewhere. Queue the senior pairing of Ang Arcidi ('22) and Cassidy Joslin ('22); Joslin played a pinpoint diagonal ball from midfield to Arcidi who made finished past the onrushing keeper to regain the lead for the Hornets. Five minutes later, on the 57 minute mark, Joslin was back to pulling the strings as she got Makechnie behind the back line for her second of the afternoon and sixth of the season. With the insurance goal, the Hornets settled in in front of some strong back line play that took away New Hampton's options.
The Hornets will take the 3-1 win over a Lakes Region opponent who showed some dangerous moments over the course of the game. It wasn't our cleanest day at the office but good teams find a way to win. Today it came on the backs of another strong defensive effort and the leadership of our captains who each registered a couple points in the affair. The mark of a team that has continued potential might be how they respond to adversity. When challenged during the intermission, the Hornets did not get down on themselves or begin passing blame but rallied together to find answers. Together. This team is far stronger together than playing individual soccer and that was on display in the second half.
You won't win every game pretty, today the Hornets took care of business by flexing their depth and persistence over 80 minutes. That was a good response. And it gives us something to keep building on. Thanks to the fans from near and far for their support. Go Hornets!
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.