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Good Game, Despite Loss
Some losses are heartbreaking; this was not the case to those on the sidelines in Meriden on Friday evening, as the Girls' JV Soccer dropped a game to Kimball Union Academy during their Family Weekend. Proctor's Athletic Director, Gregor Makechnie, is fond of reminding us that our opponents allow us to measure ourselves, and the unified character of Proctor's squad was apparent in the hustle and positive energy that characterized so many Proctor players.
KUA scored the first of its three goals at minute 8:00, on a breakaway past our defense. Having had plenty of time to warm up, our team was ready to respond, as senior Captain Bella Eaton popped in a goal on a beautiful corner by Morgan Hart Nibbrig '25. It was lovely to see our work on corners pay off! In addition to getting credit for assists on both goals, Morgan played the whole game with characteristic talent and hustle from her position at stopper, covering the field and distributing the ball. The strikers, namely Katy Balch '25, Bella, and Isla Delaney '25, roved KUA's goal area, but many of our shots went wide this evening. Lily Krehbiel '25 experimented with defensive play in the first half to offer rest to Cade Wiley '25 and Delaney Young '24, allowing Delaney much more flexibility in making runs during the second half. Lily's hustle matched Delaney's; they proved important to the team's ability to move the ball. Noa Linen '25 had some important minutes in the midfield in the second half. Paige Makechnie '25 maintained an impregnable defense in the sweeper's role, hustling to ward off breakaways and working balls to the outside.
In the end, KUA's goal at minute 52:00 showed that their team had figured out how to feed balls to their speedy strikers and to place shots -- most of their runs resulted from sophisticated set plays. While the score could have gone either way given the number of attempts, it was KUA's evening to show prowess in distribution. They exploited the middle of the field to advantage, setting up those scoring opportunities. We played as a team and we lost as a team. We have reason to hope for a better outcome the next day against Holderness, with the action there scheduled to start at 2:00.
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.