The Breakdown: Boys Soccer

Andover Offense: Thus far in 2003, the Andover offense has been explosive. The Boys powered their way back into the game against Loomis, coming from behind to earn a 2-2 tie. The team continued by shutting out Holderness 4-0 and Tabor 1-0, proving that the Andover forwards are really something to talk about. With their dominant play thus far, the players are confident that they can tackle Choate’s defense and end the Wild Boar’s perfect season. New senior Callum Thomas ’04 said, “I think we can expect to win against Choate. It’s a big game—a tough one—but we’re quite confident. We need a win and we’re quite confident we’re going to get it” Andover Defense: Andover defense is confident that they have what it takes to keep Choate from netting goals. Having shut out their last two opponents, the defense has definitely mastered the art of working together. Fullback Nate Kellogg ’05 said, “Our defense is strong, and were starting to work well together. Its coming together for us, so we don’t fear anyone.” Brendan McManus ’05, who has the best view of the defense from his spot in net, said of the defensive line, “They make my job infinitely easier. I work hard because they save my butt all the time. It’s an honor to play behind them.” Choate Offense: Choate’s offense has yet to be matched. Having already scored four goals in each of their home games against Kent and Westminster, Choate’s offense has begun quite strong. Tonight’s game however provides a different setting as Choate travels to Andover to play tonight under the lights of Phelps Stadium, giving PA the home field advantage. Choate Defense: Choate’s defense looks to be one of the strongest aspects of their program, and while PA remains confident, Choate’s defensive skills should not be overlooked. With both of their wins coming from shut-out games, the Choate defense is geared up to give PA a real hard time. Choate has not yet been scored upon this year, and it is up to Andover to take the initiative to end Choate’s winning spree and demolish the morale of the their defensive line.