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Tough Loss for the Hornets
On another warm October day, the Hornets hosted Holderness as the two rivals looked to square off for their first meeting of the season. This game rarely disappoints as both teams have historically brought competition and grit to their match ups. This game would follow with that.
The game kicked off with strong pressure from the Bulls as they pushed the Proctor back line for the first ten minutes but the defensive group managed to hold a good line and snuff out any serious danger. As the Hornets settled into the game, they started to take momentum and put the Bulls on their back foot. Nothing really materialized until Annabelle Graziano ('22) broke through the back line with her speed and strength and served a ball across where Brynne Makechnie ('22) corralled it but the shot was blocked. Later in the frame, a service from Maddie Needham ('22) found Ang Arcidi ('22) on the back post but another block from the Bulls ended the opportunity. The deadlock would continue into the halftime break.
In the second half, Proctor started where they left off with good possession moving the ball through midfield and along the back line. They prodded time and again but couldn't find the key to unlock the defense. Then, against the run of play, the Bulls ripped off a shot from 35 yards out that found its way just under the crossbar with 15 minutes remaining. An onslaught of pressure created a handful of chances for the Hornets but nothing that could find its way in as the netminder made a few key saves. As time got into the last few minutes the Hornet pressure became enough to earn them a penalty kick but the goalkeeper made a strong save to keep the Hornets off the board.
The final whistle blew with the Bulls claiming a 1-0 win. The girls felt the weight on their shoulders of a game that didn't go their way, but as we've said there is more in soccer than a scoreline. Throughout the game we moved the ball well and we were beat on a wonder strike - sometimes that is the way things go. The ball will bounce your way on some days and it will bounce against you on others. We will remember the bitter taste of this game but more importantly we will shrug off that weight from the result and dust ourselves off. We have more opportunities ahead of us that is where our energy needs to be.
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.