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GJVSO Solidifies Winning Season with 3-1 Victory
As we gathered on Farrell Field A, hail was falling in Andover. A light blanket of snow covered my front lawn in New London. As we warmed up, though, we were able to shed our jackets and bask in sunlight. Within minutes of completing the game, rain began to fall. Surely the vagaries of weather might prove a metaphor for a wide-ranging game that ended in victory for our girls.
Despite having only to walk across campus, our defense started off slowly compared to White Mountain’s strikers coming off the bus, who found the back of our net in the first two minutes. Shadows of the loss to St. Paul’s scudded across the turf along with the clouds. Proctor answered decisively within minutes. Lily, Lauren – familiar names of goal scorers, surely..but Lauren? Yes! After knocking so many times, Lauren squared up and fired one into White Mountain’s net, sealing our victory. When she sent one clanging off the crossbar and growled about officiating, we saw that the true competitor had come out to play. Lauren Joachim played the whole game in the midfield and rivaled Lily and Emma for running up and down the field. The score was set with Proctor up 3-1 at the half, and even though we played superior soccer during the second half, we did not get one past White Mountain’s keeper, finishing with a decisive win.
Particular shoutouts go to the shooters, in this order, thanks to manager Ellie Bullion’s record-keeping: following Lily with 5 and Lauren with 4, Olivia shot twice on breakways, with Bella, Emma, and Presley each taking shots. Sophie Holland stepped up on defense, as did Captain Kat Rice. Nora’s technique of throwing instead of punting worked against this particular squad, allowing Morgan or Delaney to boot the ball up into WMS’s half. Most of the game’s action occurred in WMS’s half, in fact.
With earlier games this season against our next and final competitors decided by a single goal, look for some stiff competition as we take to the road against Brewster next Wednesday and the final match of the season at Holderness. We’ll relish this victory as much as we appreciated the warmth of the November sun on our turf.
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.