Brisco ’10 Nets Three in Win Against Exeter; Andover Tops BB&N to Advance in Postseason

Amanda Brisco ’10 scored three out of the four goals against rival Exeter last Saturday, powering Andover to a 3-1 win. With the win, Andover locked down the fourth seed in the New England playoffs. Although Andover held an advantage on paper against an inconsistent Exeter team, both sides prepared for a battle on Saturday. “No matter what the teams’ records are before, Andover/Exeter is always a really good game,” remarked co-Captain Catherine Coppinger ’09. However, Brisco took control early on and set the pace for the rest of the game by scoring the first goal. Up 1-0, Andover managed to keep the lead for the rest of the game. There was a fair amount of back and forth play, as both teams had strong scoring opportunities. Brisco capitalized on one of these opportunities, bringing Andover to a 2-0 lead. Just before half time, Co-Captain Emily Little ’09 dribbled the ball down to the left-hand corner of the field. She crossed it in front of the Exeter net, where Brisco ’10 was perfectly positioned to pop the ball in the net. Brisco’s third goal gave Andover a solid 3-0 lead heading into the break Little eventually stepped up to score the fourth and final goal of the game about midway through the second half. As time expired, Andover secured their twelfth and final win. “Winning Andover/Exeter really pumped us up. It’s a game all of us will definitely remember,” Coppinger commented. After such a successful Andover/Exeter, fourth-seed Andover faced off against fifth seed BB&N on Wednesday with confidence. Within the first sixty seconds after the whistle, Andover’s leading scorer this season, Brisco, went in for a goal but fell down, hurt. Though Brisco walked off the field, she was unfortunately out of the game for the rest of its duration. Unfazed, Andover’s offense remained persistent by continuing to take several promising but unsuccessful shots. BB&N took control of the ball, and one of their offensive players started into a breakaway. In a moment of heightened anxiety for Andover, goalkeeper Alex Farrell ’10 made a spectacular diving save in order to keep BB&N off the scoreboard. The remainder of the first half proved to be a defensive struggle. Despite a fair amount of play on their side, Andover’s defense was successful in clearing the ball out at the last minute. Farrell made many saves in the first half, and defender Courtney McDonald ’11, Anna Fang ’10, and Coppinger had an especially strong first half. Andover entered halftime tied, 0-0. Within the first five minutes of the second half, BB&N took a solid shot on goal and scored, putting Andover in a 0-1 deficit. Andover eventually rebounded as Ambika Krishnamachar ’11 stole the ball and placed it into the very top of the BB&N net, just out of the goalie’s reach. Within minutes, Krishnamachar scored again off a corner kick by Katherine Woonton ’11. For the first time in the game, Andover held the lead. The third and final goal of the game occurred on a chaotic play. The ball bounced between several Andover feet and heads before Little finally rolled it into the net. Time expired with Andover on top 3-1. On Saturday, Andover will play undefeated Nobles in the semi-finals. Nobles is currently the number one seed in the play-offs and beat Andover 2-0 during the regular season. Andover feels they are at a slight advantage because they have played Nobles before and know what to expect. Andover hopes to avenge their 0-2 loss and proceed to the Championship game next week.