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Close Loss on Senior Night
It turned into a pleasant, albeit cool, evening game for the Hornets against Berwick Academy. The game got underway and the Bulldogs put immediate pressure on the Proctor defense. After several minutes of pushing the game, the Bulldogs broke through to take a 1-0 lead. As the half went on the Hornets were able to work their way back into the game and began to move the ball effectively in the middle third. Long portions of the latter half of the first frame saw the Hornets move the ball well and create a handful of half-chances. A breakthrough didn't come and the half ended 1-0.
In the second, Proctor continued to apply strong pressure culminating in a handful of corner kicks but despite a number of great services from Maddie Needham ('25), the final touch wasn't there. Then late into the second, the Bulldogs capitalized against the run of play on a well struck loose ball off a corner kick. As the seconds wound down, the Hornets rallied hard and were unlucky not to punch one away. The game ended 2-0 in favor of Berwick.
It wasn't the way we wanted to see the game go but we were able to start and end the game with our available seniors on the field. This group has been instrumental in building a great culture of soccer and teamwork. So we took some time to celebrate our team.
Mallie Balser, our manager who has been relentlessly helpful and organized during practices and games. Emily Gillis keeps each of her teammates laughing and smiling with her wild sense of humor. Meg Patrick with the greatest spirit and love for Proctor and her teammates. Piper Sullivan who has been a champion of her teammates despite missing most of the season with injury. Annabelle Graziano, a swiss army knife of a player who can and will do anything her team needs her to do. Sasha MacKenzie who has been a rock on the backline, easy to overlook because of her consistent, reliable play. Emily Charleston who wears her heart on her sleeve for her teammates. Lily Menard who is as steady as you like on in the defensive end. Ang Arcidi, continuing to grow as a leader and warrior on the field. Vic Morales, the anchor of the backline; reliable in her cool demeanor and unreal athleticism. Captain Brynne Makechnie who has possibly bled more for this team than anyone else from her relentless, gritty work rate. Captain Cassidy Joslin who plays with an engine in midfield and has been a positive force for her teammates.
We salute these seniors for all they have done for this team, but we also acknowledge that this is not the end of the story just yet. We still have things to accomplish and we will keep our heads up as we journey on.
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.