Big Blue comes up short to talented Rivers squad
At Smoyer on September 16, 2017 at 2:30 PM
Big Blue found itself on the scoreboard first midway through the first half thanks to a goal by Anna Hurley, assisted by Maddy Silveira. Rivers tallied two scores in five-minute span toward the end of the first to earn a win on their season opener.
The Girls Varsity Soccer team hosted Class B powerhouse The Rivers School on a humid Saturday afternoon and delivered a high-intensity game. The game was physical and was punctuated with some nerve-racking moments. It was a festive game nonetheless, and Rivers gave us a great competition.
We instructed the players to use the width of the field and defend the ball as a unit whenever we lost ball possession. Overall, we had a good game. One can see that the team is learning how to play as a unit. There were several moments when the team strung some beautiful passes. Player of the Game Tookie Wilson had a fantastic game in the back and was able to deflect several balls and connect well with her teammates. She even threatened the opponents with a couple of runs. Mack Lucas stood out, as well, with her fantastic read of the game and her ability to step into the ball with determination and intelligence. Sisters Britney and Madison Bourassa played confidently on the defensive edges and the back four unit, alongside their keeper, Tessa Conrardy showed they are progressing every day to be an unbeatable line.
We opened the score in minute 19. Hannah McGrath delivered a great pass just past the half line to Maddy Silveira. Under pressure, Maddy attacked the open space and, unselfishly, rewarded speedy Anna Hurley for her great run. Anna confidently gave us the lead. Hannah had an outstanding game, as well. She was aggressive, didn’t let the ball bounce, and anticipated the opponent’s moves quite well. Rivers was able to score twice in the last 11 minutes of play on some defensive errors to take a 2-1 lead after forty. Keeper Tessa Conrardy made big first half saves yesterday to keep it close.
With time running out, the Big Blue started playing with a sense of urgency and moved numbers forward. Unfortunately, we ran out of time.
Thanks to all of you who came out to support this fantastic team including a number of alums here for Andover Goodness and Knowledge Campaign Kickoff. Our extra special fan was Profe who traveled from North Andover to surprise us all. Many thanks to Tookie’s parents for providing our student-athletes with drinks, delicious fruits and big smiles.
On Wednesday, we will play away at Middlesex at 3:15 p.m. We hope to see you there!