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Swarm Flies in Formation

Playing a rare 5:00 PM game on Tilton's turf field under the lights, the guys in white were hungry to snap a tough stretch of games in hopes of finding our mojo and some joy. The game started with steady Proctor pressure but quickly turned tricky when the sideline ref's flag went up to note Tilton was offside, but play continued and confusion followed. Soon after, a slide tackle in our box resulted in a penalty kick for Tilton. Goalie Nick Flanigan ('22) could only watch a hard shot sail by and we were down one. A great lesson in letting go of what we can't control, breathing deeply, and moving on. Easier said than done, and I might have paced and muttered to myself for a short while.
     But the team circled up and we rallied with continued Proctor pressure as midfielders Oz Atwood ('23), Eric Edmonds ('23), Henry Krehbiel ('23), and Reed Martin ('22) scrapped and pushed us upfield but couldn't quite break the Tilton backline. Upfront, it was Jackson Etheridge ('24) and An Nguyen ('23) who held up and distributed well. With just three minutes left in the half, Edmonds got a glimpse of the goal and let fly with a 30-yard bomb that froze the keeper, dropped into the upper 90, and boosted us into the intermission. 
     A new formation changed the game and it was the law firm of Oberting, Wilby, Matte, and Marrocco who passed the gavel, made the right motions, and kept order in their court so we could surge for another goal.  In front of them, the team got heady play from Ciaran Britton ('22), Wes Koziol ('22), and Kael Reynoso ('24). The crew got a boost from the 'energy wave' from Thomas 'big turbine' Berger ('25), Nate 'the neutron' Howell ('23), Will 'hot wired' Hotz ('23), Owen 'kilowatt' Kreisler ('23), and Adam 'amperes' Radwan ('23). No fuses were blown, but the second half saw a spike in productivity.
     Just four minutes into the 2nd frame, Reed Martin pushed a ball to the endline in his unstoppable fashion where he crossed a knee-high knuckler that fell to the foot of Atwood who buried the game-winner. Just five minutes later, Martin again scorched down the right-wing and again put a heat-seeking missile into the mixer and this time it was Krehbiel who showed up to the party looking sharp.
     With rangy Etheridge now on the wing, another pass came into the box and this time it was Reynoso, clocking into the night shift, who struck paydirt for his first tally of the season. Finally, the scoring ended with a beautiful halloween header that Krehbiel, our own great pumpkin, steered into the side netting.
     The season will close on Saturday with an anticipated rematch with Holderness. Once again, the team is grateful for all the support. Note to parents: you're invited to our team dinner & informal awards ceremony on Sunday, Nov 14th at the Proctor Ski Lodge at 5:00 PM. If you will attend, let me (P. Southworth) or Audrey P. know via the parent email.
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