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Hornets Take Care of Business
The road trip - our first in a while - took us up and down New England highways where we could see the various stages of fall in full swing. After 90 minutes on the road the Hornets pulled into Saxtons River and onto the campus Vermont Academy to square off against the Wildcats. The first fixture was a gritty 2-1 scoreline in Hornet favor; something Proctor looked to build on.
From kickoff the Hornets applied pressure with positive energy and good control of the ball on a bumpy pitch. The first break through came at the 15 minute mark when Bella Morgan ('25) received a pass from Cassidy Joslin ('22) just inside the 18-yard box, took a shifty touch toward the middle and powered a shot inside the post. A sharp play from the ninth grader to register the second goal of her young career. As the half continued, the Wildcats put some pressure with a pacey forward but the Hornet back line anticipated well and took away most of the threats without much drama. With a halftime scoreline of 1-0, the Hornets looked to regroup and build on the positive energy of the first frame.
With the kick off of the second half, the Hornets went straight back to work and found an insurance goal only three minutes in. Annabelle Graziano ('22) opened her scoring campaign after a midseason return to the field. She applied strong pressure on the Wildcat defense which brought about a miscommunication between defender and goalkeeper and Graziano was the first to the loose ball and tucked it home in the open net. With the second tally on the scoresheet, the Hornets sat back in a more defensive posture and soaked up a lot from VA. With about ten minutes remaining, the Wildcats broke through and squared a smart ball to cut the lead in half. The Hornets adjusted, however, and were able to hold off any more big opportunities to take care of business on the road with a 2-1 score.
The result of the game was what we wanted; a good win over a fierce Lakes Region competitor on the road is always a good day at the office. The ride home also offered some important reminders as to why we enjoy being on a team, whether it was rocking out to some tunes together on one bus or crowding around a computer to watch the stream of the boys' varsity soccer game on the other, the girls were together and happy at the end of the day. So we took care of business in the game, but can continue to prioritize that the most important business we have is taking care of our team, our family.
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.