Second Half Goals by Anna Hurley and Captain Krys Swain make the difference as Andover wins on road
At Middlesex on September 20, 2017 at 3:15 PM
Three scorers were assisted by 3 different teammates as GVS improved its record to 2-1. Maddy Silveira (assist Allison Zhu) scored first, Anna Hurley finished on a corner from Isabella DiBenedetto and Swain kept game out of reach in final minutes of play.
On our first away game of the season, the Girls Varsity squad traveled to face Middlesex School. The Big Blue faced a physical, aggressive challenge from the opponent, but we were able to maintain control of the game and work as a cohesive unit. Our defensive line did a great job reading moves and intercepting passes. This allowed us to diffuse Middlesex’s formidable center midfield.
Andover landed on the scoreboard first. The play started with a great pass from captain Tookie Wilson to Player of the Game Allison Zhu on the flank. Allison squeezed herself between a defender and the line and served a great long ball to Maddy Silviera, who didn’t hesitate to head the ball into the back of the net! Allison earned Player of the Game for her determined and positive play. She’s a great role model for her teammates to emulate.
Middlesex would even the score before the half on a great ball from talented midfielder Piper Winkler just outside the 18-yard box.
After a quick pep talk at half time, Andover was determined to take control. We set our own pace and connected many great passes. Minutes later, Junior Isobel Glass took a long-range shot and struck the post. The Big Blue kept putting pressure on the opponent, and, in minute 55, midfielder and networker Isabella (Bella) DiBenedetto took a corner kick to Silveira, who flicked it with her head to find Anna Hurley’s foot for the go-ahead goal!
Two minutes before the game ended, Glass stole the ball at midfield and made a quick pass to her classmate Hurley. Anna found Maddy, who made a great unselfish pass to running captain Krystiana Swain on the flank. Krys confidently took the pressure off the team and secured us the win. Once again, Swain had a great game and was able to provide leadership on and off the field.
Two other players deserve mention. Keeper Emily Hardy was back from her early season injury and had a great first game with nine saves. Karoline Conte, a junior, threaded at least three intelligent passes to our outside half, demonstrating an excellent read of the field.
We very much appreciate all the parents and the fans for showing up to support our student-athletes and a huge thank you to the Conte family for providing the players with fruits and drinks. We were particularly psyched to see on the sidelines PA faculty member Joshua Mann who made the trip to Concord, former Middlesex coach Paul Harrison and former GVS captain Leah Humes '12 who now heads up the JV program at Middlesex. A special congratulations to Middlesex coach Sarah Cohane on the recent birth of her baby son!
We return to Andover on Saturday for an exciting game against 2016 Class A champions Loomis Chaffee.
Player of the Game: Allison Zhu