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Proctor Undone on Set Pieces
As the Lakes Region schedule gets underway it is becoming evident that this will be another hotly contested season in the league. The competitiveness across the board is one of the hallmarks of a league that features talent across New Hampshire and Vermont. As the Wildcats arrived in Andover, it was evident that this would be another such game.
The first half featured a back and forth affair as the Hornets and the Wildcats battled for midfield possession of the ball and each squad as able to produce a few chances on the break and from tight angles. Both defenses did well to manage the middle of the park and keep the scoring opportunities to the flanks. As the half wore on nothing seemed to separate the two sides. The breakthrough would come with only a minute remaining in the first frame when a set piece from 30 yards out was redirected on a glancing header on goal for the Wildcats to give them the edge going into the half.
The second half followed in much the same fashion as both teams fought in a good midfield battle. But the Wildcats doubled their lead after the Hornets were hit with a handball call in the box. The Wildcats were able to convert the spot kick to give themselves a little cushion on the scoreboard. As the half wore on, the Hornets pressed and got several good breaks in transition to create some half chances but couldn't find the final pass to complete the opportunities. Kass Reynoso ('23) was able to swing some momentum when she beat won the ball in the offensive third and served a cross where Emma Pine ('23) redirected a header into a dangerous spot and Maddie Needham ('25) poked it home to cut the lead. This would be too little too late as the game ended in a 2-1 win for the Wildcats.
It was a well-fought game and for the Hornets it began to clarify what they want to do on the field. Strong play from Grace Bean ('23) in the center of midfield helped the Hornets connect more passes in this contest and build on their goals in the season. The senior leadership in the squad is starting to get their legs about them and build the rhythm of the heartbeat of this group. The lead-by-example nature of this senior crew is likely to become the enduring impact as they start to hit the middle third of the season where the Hornets look to really hit their stride.
With a stretch of away games on the horizon, the Proctor team will look to build, as they have been, on the chemistry and fluid passing style. With pieces starting to come together this is a team that will continue to get more and more dangerous as the season goes along.
Once again the home support was a beautiful thing to see, hear, and experience. We thank all out fans from near and far and look forward to heading into opponent territory before we return to home turf on October 19th. Up next, a foliage filled trip to Vermont on Wednesday.
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.