Washburn ’11 Scores Lone Goal To Preserve Undefeated Season

With one minute remaining in the first half, midfielder Summer Washburn ’11 and forward Greer McBeth ’12, weaved through the Governor’s defense with smooth passing. They quickly neared the net, and Washburn fired the ball straight past Governor’s goalie to tie up the game. According to Coach Kate Dolan, Governor’s played a fast-paced and aggressive game, catching Andover a bit off-guard in the first half. “They had us back on our heels initially,” said Dolan. Andover fell behind near the close of the first half but bounced right back with Washburn’s goal. Andover caught up to Governor’s pace and tightened their game in the second half, holding Governor’s to the 1-1 score and pushing them into a full-field, seven versus seven, overtime period. “Overtimes are always really exciting in field hockey because they are sudden death,” said midfielder Kyleigh Keating ’10. “Both teams were really tired, so it came down to who could run,” she continued. With Andover’s extensive conditioning work in practice, Andover kept up with the running required. After a back and forth overtime period, the score remained 1-1 as both teams earned a tie. Kellie Walsh ’11 thought the team could have pushed the ball up field more aggressively. “We must improve on our distribution of the ball fluidly from one side of the field to the other,” said Walsh. Keating also said that the team could work on varying its free hits, which are awarded to teams after penalties by the opposition. Coach Dolan said that all the team really needs to focus on is getting the “finishing touch” on its scoring opportunities. Even though the team hasn’t scored as much as it would like to, Keating still says the offense had played well. “The midfielders and forwards have been awesome. The defense, especially Shannon [McSweeney ’11], played an excellent game against Governor’s,” she said. Earlier in the week, Andover traveled to Brooks and earned a 2-0 shutout victory. Andover jumped out to an early lead with a goal in the middle of the first half, following halftime with another goal to pad the lead. With McSweeney turning aside every ball shot at her, this would be all the team needed for the 2-0 win. “Shannon played really well. They put a lot of pressure on our defense, and she made a bunch of great saves,” said Walsh. According to midfielder Hannah Beinecke ’12, “Our team this year is not just full of individual stars, but is more one team working as a whole.” The team’s determination, chemistry and strong communication have been key components to the team’s great start. Andover looks to remain unbeaten after this weekend’s game against Choate.