Co-Captain Garnet Hathaway ’10 scored two goals in another fantastic win over Kimball Union Academy last Saturday, 4-0. Andover started the game with charging momentum, scoring early and often. Hathaway netted the first goal of the game early in the first half, pulling Andover into the lead right away. Andover showed no mercy, and continued to pour in its aggressive offense. Andrew Woonton ’11 put in the next goal soon after Hathaway’s. The ball skimmed its way through the six yard box where Woonton one touched it in to advance Andover’s early lead. “It was great work by Andrew, classy goal,” Co-captain Mike Difronzo ’11 said about the goal. Andover kept its 2-0 lead for the rest of the first half, securing it with great defensive play. Going into the second half, Andover resurged its offense, this time more strongly than in the first half. Just minutes into the second half, a Kimball Union defender fouled an Andover attacker in the box, and Andover was awarded the penalty kick. Difronzo stepped up to take the kick and powered it into the back of the net to make the score 3-0. Late in the game, Jake Rohwer ’11 sent one of his signature blasts on the Kimball Union net, but the team’s keeper blocked the shot. Fortunately, Hathaway caught the rebound and powered it into the net, marking his second goal of the game and securing Andover’s win 4-0. Along with Andover’s spectacular offense, the defensive and goal keeping efforts were also very impressive. Andover, while scoring an average of almost 3 times per game, consistently allows less than one goal per game. “I can’t even think of a weak point in this game,” Difronzo said. “Everyone played well, had a good work ethic, and a positive attitude,” he added. Andover continued its momentous drive in the team’s game against New Hampton, which they again championed, 4-0. Sam Percival ’10 opened scoring when he netted a bouncing ball off of a corner kick. Percival trapped the ball about 25 yards out and buried it into the back of the net. Again, Andover held its competition to a shutout in the first half. Despite the 1-0 lead going into the break, Difronzo said that the team “came out a little flat.” Andover went into the second half with much more fire and energy. Hathaway scored the first goal of the second half off with a rebound off his own shot, which advanced the score to 2-0. Shortly after, Difronzo lashed the ball towards a ready teammate Jack Mcgeachie ’13, who received the pass right outside the box and fired a shot into the net. The keeper made a great stop, but Difronzo finished up the play that he started by scoring off the rebound. The fourth and final goal of the game started with a fantastic effort by Tebs Maqubela ’11. Maqubela used his venerable speed and agility to outrun several defenders going across the end line. He passed the ball across the net to Gabo Cordero ’12 who slammed it in the net. “We are a very good team. We can beat anybody provided that we show up ready to work,” Difronzo said. Coming off a three-game winning streak in which Andover has only allowed one goal passed its defense, Andover will face Exeter this weekend for its final game of the season.
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