Boys Soccer Goes 1-1-1 on Week; Rebounds from First Loss of Season

Despite another goal by Ethan Hirschberg ’09, Andover lost a hard-fought game at Loomis, 3-1. Facing Loomis on its homecoming weekend, Andover fell behind 1-0 in the first half. However, the team came out energized after the halftime break and was able to apply pressure to the Loomis defense. However, Loomis scored again, extending its lead to 2-0. Andover was able to cut the lead in half off of a free kick from the side. The ball found Hirshberg in the 18-yard box, who headed the ball into the goal to cut the Loomis lead to 2-1. However, Loomis proved to be too strong for the Andover defense. Near the end of the second half Loomis scored again, extending the lead to 3-1. The Loomis defense would shut out Andover the rest of way for the win. After a tough loss at Loomis, Andover hosted St. John’s Prep on Monday. The two sides were very evenly matched and neither side could beat the other team’s defense, as the game ended in a 0-0 draw. On Wednesday, Andover dominated Holderness in a 5-0 victory. Leading the Andover scoring was Garnet Hathaway ’10 with 2 goals. Andover dominated the possession in the early first half and was able to produce several quality chances. Halfway through the first half, Andover’s Adam Skaggs ’09 and Hirshberg both received quality scoring chances inside the 18-yard box, but neither were able to beat the Holderness goalkeeper. Andover finally broke through on the ensuing corner. A well-placed corner by Co-Captain Brian Russell ’09 found Mike DiFronzo ’11 in front of the net for the header goal, giving Andover a 1-0 lead. Andover sought to extend its lead in the first half when a through ball gave Hathaway a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but the shot rolled just wide. The first half ended with Andover holding a slim 1-0 lead. Andover extended its lead immediately after the second half whistle. Co-Captain Matt Gorski ’09 slipped a through ball to Hathaway who chipped the ball over the diving keeper, extending the Andover lead to 2-0. Soon after, Andover struck again. After a pass into the 18-yard box, Hirshberg sent a heel pass to Gorski to set up a shot inside the 18. The Holderness goalie made the initial save, but the rebound found the foot of Trevor Gulick-Stutz ’09 on the left side. Gulick-Stutz banged in the rebound, extending the lead to 3-0. Despite the lead, Andover continued to apply pressure to the Holderness defense. With 18 minutes left, Skaggs and Hirshberg both received good scoring chances, but both shots sailed over the net. Immediately after, Russell sent a through ball to Hathaway, but the goalkeeper made another good save to keep the score at 3-0. However, Andover was able to earn a penalty kick near the end of the second half. Andrew Woonton ’11 fired the shot into the lower right corner for his first varsity goal, extending the lead to 4-0. Hathaway rounded out the Andover scoring with a bad-angle shot that deflected in off of the Holderness goalkeeper, giving Andover a 5-0 win. In addition to strong offensive play, the Andover defense also played very well on Wednesday. The unit was well organized and was able to shut down the passing lanes in its end. Because of the strong defense, goalkeeper Spencer Macquarrie ’10 was rarely tested during the shutout victory. With a win, a tie, and a loss, Andover is now 3-1-1 on the season. On Saturday, Andover will host Tabor.