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Proctor Manages Rams Effectively
Temperatures dipping lower is a sure sign that the end of the fall season is fast approaching. With a chilly wind blowing through the Lakes Region, the Hornets took to the road to play the Rams.
Right from the kickoff, the Hornets began applying heavy offensive pressure against the Ram backline. Throughout the first half the Hornets strung passes together beautifully all over the pitch as they possessed with cool heads and high level composure. Cassidy Joslin ('22) and Emily Charleston ('22) commanded the center of midfield. Several attempts got in behind the defensive line as the Hornets probed in various spots, but the goal didn't come. As the half wore on, the Rams began to get some offensive pressure but they were unable to break through the strong Hornet back line as the Proctor unit played smartly.
The second half would pick up much the same way as the Hornets carried the lion's share of the possession with smart and fluid ball movement across the field. The Hornets continued to find success along the flanks as they pressed and pressed. With time the physicality of the game increased but Proctor stuck to the game plan and moved the ball from foot to foot. In the 68th minute, Maddie Needham ('25) made a driving play to the end line and squared a smart ball to the middle where Brynne Makechnie ('22) finished as cool as you'd like. With the lead, the Hornets seemed prime to finish out the game and without much change to their approach, they were able to hold the lead and continue to possess the ball. The 1-0 scoreline was a comfortable one in the end despite a strong resistance from the Rams.
As we wind down to the final few opportunities for this team, as we know it, to play together, it is vital that they take stock of what they have done and of what they can still have ahead of them. The legacy of a team is built not only on the words they say in the huddle, in the locker room, or on the bus rides but also in how they carry themselves while on the field - whether in games or in practices. Today was a good day for that. We met adversity head on, played a beautiful game, and kept positive when challenges arose. With three matches remaining adversity will again find us, opponents will aim to disrupt our play, and we will feel the familiar pressure of challenge. The legacy of this team will be - in part - shaped by how they finish.
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.