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JVGSO: Proctor 3, Brewster 2
Coming off a September 29 tie against Brewster at home, we weren't sure what this afternoon's game would hold. Brewster showed a trademark strategy of passing up to their roving strikers, so we feared it might be a high-scoring game if they got past our defense and challenged our keeper with the arcing shots that we had seen earlier in the season.
Today was a mark of so much growth on the JV Girls' Soccer team. For starters, the MVP Award, were there to be such a designation, would have to go to keeper Nora Headley, who made 6 critical saves to stop goals and showed remarkably shrewd decision-making about what to let go wide or high. She also demonstrated aggressive play coming out from net and punted five of her six attempts deep into our territory in the air. The defense enjoyed the addition of Captain Kat Rice, who was able to move to fill spaces and allow the fullbacks, Cade Wiley and Delaney Young, time to rest and even switch positions. Paige Makechnie played another fearless game at sweeper, with Morgan Hart Nibbring continuing to balance offensive and defensive play effectively at stopper, both distributing balls and taking corners and goal kicks. The middle is strong for Paige and Morgan's ability to get balls up to our midfielders, led by Lily Krehbiel and Captain Olivia Ames. Emma Harrell and Katy Balch had important roles on the midfield line, and Presley Eckhardt and Anna Gibson moved the ball effectively, playing both offense and defense in their inside midfield roles.
From midfield Captain Olivia Ames opened the scoring with a beautiful shot from the left at 10:26. We were up 1-0 at the half. Brewster came out strong with a goal at 43:41. At striker Captain Bella Eaton was able quickly to answer, scoring our second goal at 44:30 from the right. While Brewster would threaten with one last goal at minute 65:00, we had maintained a 3-1 lead thanks to Bella's second goal from the right at 50:17. Denied a hat trick, Bella nonetheless played a career-defining game, especially for one returning from injury.
The team travels to Berwick on Wednesday for a 4:00 start. We are proud of this classy win!
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.