Andover Soccer Pulls Out Two 2-0 Victories in First Week to Start Season on a Roll

Sparked by an early goal from postgraduate Aaron Mentos ’11, Andover Boys Soccer kicked off the season with a 2-0 victory over St. Pauls. After weaving through defenders, losing the ball and then winning it back, Mentos smoothly placed the ball in the back of the net, giving Andover a 1-0 lead. Jake Rohwer ’11, Peter Lee-Kramer ’11, Brian Woonton ’11 and newly added, Dylan Hawkins ’11 held a tight back line against the St. Pauls attack. Strong defense turned into offense when outside backs Woonton and Hawkins made runs into the offensive third. Captain Mike DiFronzo ‘11 took control of the midfield, preventing the St. Paul’s offense from creating scoring opportunities. He also played a key part in Andover’s offense. After making a quality run downfield, he put the game out of St. Paul’s reach with a snipe past the keeper. After a convincing 2-0 win against St. Pauls, the team went into Wednesday afternoon’s game against Brooks, seeking revenge from last year’s 2-1 loss. With the sun bearing down on them, both sides were prepared for battle in the summer-like weather. Facing a talented Brooks team would prove to be a difficult, but manageable test for the Andover boys. Andover started the game off with great team defense, shifting left to right with ease and clogging passing lanes for the Brooks players. With perfectly timed steps, Andover made it clear to the explosive Brooks offense that they were not going to have any room to play. As the game progressed into the later stages of the first half, the heat clearly played a factor. The weather had little effect on Andover because of the depth and conditioning of the team. Freshman Taylor Chin ’14 proved to be a spark off the bench when he fired a shot off the crossbar. DiFronzo headed the rebound over the keeper, only to be saved on the goal line by a defender. Despite a great effort by the Brooks’ back line, Connor Hickey ’11 took advantage of the frazzled defense, scoring his first goal of the season. In the second half, the fatigued teams took a more direct strategy, trying to spring their forwards into space. Mentos’ skill proved too much for the Brooks defenders, as he topped off a great showing with a shot that sailed past the goalie. The team looks to keep things rolling against Loomis Chafee this Saturday.