GVS mounts exciting comeback behind Silveira's four goal game
At Smoyer on September 13, 2017 at 3:30 PM
Six different players tallied assists on to goal-scorers Maddy Silveira (4 goals) and Anna Hurley (2 goals) as Big Blue opened the season with an exciting 6-4 win over Groton. Sophomore goalkeeper Tessa Conrardy posted nine saves.
On a beautiful, sunny day yesterday, the Girls Varsity Soccer team opened the season at home on Smoyer Field against Groton.
Our squad lost twelve seniors last year, and while this is a rebuilding year, we have no doubt about the team’s abilities. Our line-up looks very promising from various angles: there is a great deal of technical ability, camaraderie between players, and love and passion for the game. The team is meshing well together, and we are grateful for their awesome attitude. We are poised to have an outstanding season with these wonderful young athletes, five of whom are lowers.
Yes, we won the game, but more important, we demonstrated excellence of character. They say sports build character. We say sports reveal character. Our student-athletes were on display and were tested, having allowed three goals (scored in exactly the same way) starting in minute 2. Many professional teams would have given up after three goals. On the contrary, our squad reached deep down and used their team strength to pull each other up.
Player of the game Maddy Silviera scored four out of six goals. In minute 23 she found the net. In minute 38, junior Isobel Glass whipped through a defender and crossed a great ball into the penalty area to find another junior, Anna Hurley, and goal! Barely a minute later, the Big Blue equalized the score 3-3. Hannah McGrath found Maddy, who cleverly rolled the ball past the keeper. While those who assist and score tend to get the credit, all the goals were the combined effort of the whole team working as a unit.
Fatigue was apparent on the faces of both teams, but our determination prevailed. Our student-athletes decided to let the the ball do most of the work. We connected several great passes, switched point of attack, and were handsomely rewarded as a result.
In minute 48, Mackenzie (Mack) Lucas took a great free kick to find Silveira, once again. Maddy didn’t hesitate to finish, bringing the score to 4-3.
In minute 54, backbone of the team and captain Tookie Wilson found Hurley who confidently buried the ball. At 5-3, the tide had clearly turned for the Big Blue, but the game was not over.
Two minutes later, Groton took a free kick, and in a commotion inside the penalty area, the opponent found the back of the net. Finally, Madison Bourassa delivered a great ball to Maddy who brushed off a defender, attacked space in front of her, and buried the ball past the keeper. The final score was 6-4, and it was a great game to watch. We are thrilled to work with these young athletes. Thanks to all of those who came out to support us, and a huge thank you to Krystiana Swain’s parents for the delicious fruits!
We are hosting Rivers at home this Saturday on SmoyerField. We hope to see many fans come out to support the team.