Andover girls put forth best effort to date v 2016 Champions Pingree School with game ending 0-0
At Smoyer Field on October 2, 2017 at 4:30 PM
The Big Blue put together exciting offense bursts throughout the 80 minute battle but could not find the back of the net against Pingree netminder Holly Stam. Ninth grader Karoline Conte had her first 80 minute game and was recognized as Player of Game.
Some of the best games in soccer are the ones the end scoreless. This one against Pingree, a Class B Champion, was no exception. In short, the game was an exciting battle.
Pingree came out hard the first 10 minutes, pushing several of their technical players forward in hopes of testing our fantastic keeper Emily Hardy. The Big Blue held its own and kept the opponent in check. We were focused and determined to play our own game at our own pace, not a reactionary game.
The entire team played at a high level, seaming several passes, switching point of attacks, transitioning faster and keeping a great shape on the field. Player of the Game Karoline Conte had a stellar performance in the midfield, slowing down the opponent to regain shape, connecting several passes with her teammates, and playing an aggressive, clean defensive game.
Both teams took five to six corner kicks each, and Blakeley Buckingham delivered some brilliant balls that, unfortunately, the Big Blue could not finish inside the box. As always, Keeper Emily Hardy made some awesome saves against a formidable Pingree offense. Captain Tookie Wilson was on fire, taking on the entire Pingree squad at times from the back third all the way into the top of the 18-yard box. Junior Anna Hurley hit the post not just once, but twice. Isobel Glass ’21 disrupted and disturbed the opponent’s backline often and Kylie Quinlan '20 launched a dangerous blast from 20 yards out that missed the goal frame. Mack Lucas had a smart game in the back, diffusing several tactical moves by Pingree and coordinating her efforts with Tookie, Britney Bourassa, Hannah McGrath and captain Krys Swain.
It is clear that the team is meshing well together and learning to play as a cohesive unit. All in all, the Big Blue had a great game and we are proud of their hard work, focus and determination. It was such a treat to watch this entertaining game!
Once again, a huge thank you to all supporters: parents, faculty and students alike. We are grateful to Isobel’s family for providing the team with some delicious, healthy snacks and refreshments.
This Saturday, we will host Choate at Graves Field for a 4:45 p.m. kickoff. We appreciate your presence and your support of this fantastic team.