Garnett Hathaway ’10 scored a dramatic late goal to give Andover a 1-0 victory over a well-prepared Berwick Academy team. Berwick held Andover scoreless nearly the entire game despite Andover completely dominating the game. Andover dramatically surpassed Berwick in number of shots. Andover had over 20 shots and held Berwick to five. Despite this, Berwick stayed organized and played a great defensive game to hold Andover scoreless. Berwick was able to clear the ball from its zone, and its offense was able to put pressure on the Andover backs with well-played counter-attacks. Andover finally broke the tie late in the second half. Captain Zach Dixon ‘08 was dribbling the ball near the endline when he found Hathaway at the back post with a pass. Hathaway fired the ball over the goalie and just under the crossbar and gave Andover a 1-0 lead. The Andover defense would hold the lead for a third straight win. After a tough game against Berwick, Hathaway scored two goals and lead Andover to a 3-2 win over a talented St. John’s Prep team. Andover started the game off strong with a quick goal. Within the first 10 minutes, Joey Mensah ’08 sent the ball into the box on the first touch. The ball found Hathaway in front of the goalie for a header goal to give Andover a 1-0 lead. However, St. John’s would tie the game before the end of the half. A St. John’s player crossed the ball from the outside into the middle where it found a teammate. Goalkeeper John Gardner ’08 slipped on the play, and St. John’s scored an easy goal to tie the game at 1-1. Andover again came out hungry for a goal in the second half. Early in the half, Dixon was dribbling in the St. John’s end. He found Hathaway with a pass on the post, and Hathaway tapped it in to extend Andover’s lead to 2-1. A little later in the half, Chase Potter ’09 crossed the ball from the right side. He found Trevor Gulick-Stutz ’09, who took the ball out of the air and fired it past the St. John’s goalkeeper to extend Andover’s lead to 3-1. Near the end of the half, St. John’s cut into Andover’s lead. A St. John’s player received the ball 30 yards away from the cage. He turned and fired a great shot from the left side. Gardner jumped, but was unable to stop the shot. However, the Andover defense would prevent St. John’s from tying the game, and the game ended with a 3-2 Andover win. After another undefeated week, Andover has a four game winning streak and is 7-2-1 on the season. Next Saturday, Andover will host NMH for parents weekend.
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