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A Hill to Climb, a Win Away
Returning from a long weekend away, with a long bus ride to boot, we knew that Girls' JV Soccer might start off slowly. When White Mountain stunned us with a breakaway goal in the first minute, our girls shook off their torpor and tried to dig in. The damage was done, though, as we played a bunching game in the first half not typical of our best efforts. We were slow defensively, we didn't go to ball enough, and we struggled to contain quick WMS strikers. There were more loose balls in front of our net in this game than in any since our first road trip to St. Paul's. Even after being up 3-1 at the half, we knew from watching the Red Sox take on Tampa Bay in the final divisional series game at Fenway that a lead can quickly erode to a tie.
Like the local nine, though, our gang came out on top, besting White Mountain School on their grassy knoll and departing with a 4-1-1 record with two more away games this week. This was very much a team effort, with some familiar faces assisted by some getting their names in lights after a hiatus. Proctor tied the game at minute 14:00 on a penalty kick by Katy Balch '25. Less than ten minutes later, defender Sophie Holland '25 sent a mighty boot from our half up toward their eighteen, with Emma Harrell '25 arcing in a shot. At minute 30:00, Lily Krehbiel '25 chipped a ball past WMS's keeper. Morgan Hart Nibbrig '25 took eight corner kicks and an arcing rocket shot that the keeper caught. Less than ten minutes into the second half, Katy took advantage of a breakaway to score her second goal of the game. Anna Gibson '23 received a pass from Lily at minute 55:00 to score her first goal of the season. The final goal, coming out of a scrum in front of the net at minute , dropped in off their keeper.
White Mountain kept it interesting throughout, exploiting the middle two thirds of the field, using the sidelines well, and sending throw-ins down the lines. We stepped up play during the second half, shaking off excuses about long weekends away, long bus rides, and long standardized tests. Two of WMS' three goals found open strikers shooting, with the middle one at minute 40:00 emerging from a scramble in front of our net. Captain Kat Rice '22 started the game in goal and showed good leadership and focus, traits extended into the second half by Nora Headley '23 as keeper. Captain Olivia Ames '23 showed characteristic hustle in the midfield, getting clobbered by double-teaming opponents and chasing down the ball nevertheless after getting floored. Presley Eckhardt '24 amply filled that offensive and possessive role, as did Thea Glass '24, with their shots appreciated by teammates and coaches alike. Lauren Joachim '25 was game to switch to striker in the second half and dominated her zone.
With the long grass and long bus rides bringing us closer, we'll need to keep thinking about zones and triangles as we travel to KUA for a 4:45 start. With the unseasonably warm weather scheduled to continue into Saturday, we'll hope for sustained excellence through good hydration, stretching, and smart play.
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.