GVS comes up big on Graves Field opener versus Loomis, 2-1.
At home on September 26, 2015 at 2:30 PM
After a disappointing outing on the road against Middlesex, the Andover girls returned home to earn a huge win over powerhouse Loomis Chaffee, 2-1 behind first half goals from senior Sarah Humes and lower sensation Krys Swain.
Inspired by Mrs. Elliott's ASM speech earlier in the week which challenged everyone to "Do one thing every day that scares you," GVS stunned an enthusiastic crowd lining Graves Field only thirty seconds into the first half on a one-time blast off a corner kick by upper Zoe Oasis to senior midfielder Sarah Humes inside the box. While the first half of play say both teams battling for opportunities, a stellar Andover defense held the Pelicans back forcing them out wide while, shutting down play through the middle. Leading the BigBlue defensive efforts were center back Natalia Suarez and Co-captain Jeanine Moreau. Suarez and Moreau set the tone and outside backs Nikki Dlesk '17, Britney Bourassa '18 and Tookie Wilson '18 played with poise as all three girls earned invaluable minutes and experience.
The midfield was charged with shutting down a dangerous Loomis attack, led by Abby Sotomayor. Courtney Masotti, Olivia Lamarche, Sarah Humes, Morgan Kuin and Bri Fadden proved to be the difference makers. Up front Zoe Oasis, Krys Swain and Cassie Chin did a great job finding space and creating a number of dangerous opportunities on the flank.
Newcomer to varsity Krys Swain '18 earned her first GVS goal on a big-time ball from Courtney Masotti mid-way through the first half. While Abby Sotomayor blasted a free kick into the back of the GVS goal late in the second half, Swain's goal proved to be the difference maker. Antonia Tammaro came up big late in the second half and had four saves in the winning effort.
Lower Tookie Wilson - who came off the bench mid-way through the first half - earned Player of the Game for her courageous play.