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Brining Home the Title

What turned into a rather pleasant evening for soccer brought Holderness and Proctor together for their annual rivalry weekend as teams from many different activities faced off over the course of the day. The Proctor soccer squad was primed for the prime time match as they took to the field under the lights at Holderness in hopes of finding a result in their final game of the regular season. 

From the kick off the Hornets applied some pressure and found some success as they pushed against the Bulls back line. The Bulls responded with simple but effective play as they worked the ball from the backline to their wings. In the 10th minute, on their second corner kick of the game, the Hornets capitalized as Emily Charleston ('22) sent a well-placed ball to the back post where Cassidy Joslin ('22) forced it home. The first frame would continue on with a great deal of midfield battles as neither team seemed able to settle the play and take over. A Grace Bean ('23) free kick that only missed by inches was about the only other offensive moment of note. 

The second half saw the Bulls come out with pressure as they sought to even the score line. More midfield battle in the half defined the flow of play. The Hornets were never really able to get possession as they wanted. With 12 minutes remaining in the game, the Bulls found a small window and fired home the equalizer which nestled itself in the top corner. Late pressing by the Hornet front line created some deep shots from Ang Arcidi ('22) and Maddie Needham ('25) but the door remained closed. The game would end in a 1-1 draw. Not what this team was pushing for but it was enough to secure the trophy for the school on the weekend. A great big thanks to all the families, students, and fans who were on the sideline cheering on the green and white over the course of the game - and season!

With the draw in hand, the Hornets earned a shot at the NEPSAC Class C tournament for the first time in 11 years. This is a great credit to the work that these players have put in over the course of the season. It means a few more practices are guaranteed and one more game as we will travel south for a rematch against a strong and talented Berwick Academy side. Now we know that we have at least one more road trip for this team to soak in the time together, to relish in their accomplishments, to sing loudly on the bus, and perhaps to disrupt the order of things and keep playing a little longer. More than anything, this game will give the team a little reprieve as they seek to extend what has already been a wonderful campaign.
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