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Hornets Lose Despite Strong Effort
It is not a common thing to argue that a loss by three goals is a strong effort, but on this night the final score line only told a small part of the story. Brewster came to Andover riding a 9 game winning streak complete with a long list of commanding victories. The Hornets felt primed for a big battle and were ready for action against their Lakes Region counterparts.
From the beginning of the game the Bobcats came out with a strong offensive front. The Bobcats put forward a strong effort throughout the first half of the game but a strong effort from the Hornet midfield and back line forced the Brewster side to settle for outside shots. As the half wore on, the Hornets began to find some attacking success, but couldn't fully breach a disciplined and well-drilled back line. The organized defensive unit for the Hornets held a strong line and contained effectively against a shifty attack. Ultimately, the only breakthrough for Brewster would come in the 30th minute when a cross struck the inadvertent hand of a Hornet defender and the Bobcats capitalized on a penalty kick. 1-0 at the half.
Proctor continued to stick to the game plan and frustrate a powerful attack form Brewster. Moments of strong midfield play showed glimpses of the Hornets controlling the play and stringing some chances together. At about the halfway point of the second frame, a slick through ball from the Bobcat midfield sprung an attack that saw the Brewster side extend their lead. Despite the setback, the Hornets continued to battle all over the field. Strong efforts from the back four and Vic Morales ('22) in goal, kept Proctor battling. Throughout midfield, Cassidy Joslin ('22), Maddie Needham ('25), Bella Morgan ('25), Ang Arcidi ('22), Grace Bean ('23), and Emily Charleston ('22) battled their hearts out with support from the attacking corps. Those who didn't step foot on the field brought intense energy - rowdy yet respectful, some might say - from the sideline. The final tally came late as the Hornets were penalized for a curious high foot call resulting in an indirect kick just inside the penalty area.
All told, the Hornets left everything on the field today. A well executed game plan challenged a strong Brewster side. That being said, this day was more about a lesson in the purpose and drive that these ladies can bring to a game. Every member of the squad seemed to find ways to bring their level up to contribute to a strong team effort. There is, it should be said, more potential for this team to unlock and that is what we appreciate about playing against teams that set a high bar. We have seen that we have more ahead of us. If we can take these lessons and bring them with us into the remaining games of the season we will grow, we will get stronger, and we will build.
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.