Andover drew Lawrence Academy 1-1 in an intense matchup highlighted by Catherine Anderson’s ’12 late goal to send the game into overtime. Returning leadership was key, but new players also stepped up to contribute in close moments. Despite its best efforts, Andover Field Hockey could not manage a second goal to seal the win.
Lawrence came out of the locker room ready to play and put immediate pressure on Andover’s defense. “In the first half, everyone seemed to be dealing with nerves,” said goalkeeper Corinne Rivard ’12. By the end of the first quarter, as the team overcame early nerves, Andover proceeded to fight back.
Returner Cara Daly ’13 said, “We started the game on our heels, but the second half we dominated the play.”
Andover came out in the second half with a competitive edge and ruthlessness that startled Lawrence. Andover’s athleticism and talent put a lot of pressure on Lawrence’s defensive line, keeping Lawrence busy.
Throughout the second half, Andover consistently pushed forward, challenging Lawrence’s goalie. “We would have liked to have more opportunities,” said Emma Mehlman ’14, “but the big thing for us this year is just going one step further to finish the goal.”
Andover’s relentless effort paid off in the final minute when the buzzer rang and Andover was rewarded one last corner. When it couldn’t have mattered more, Anderson finally netted the tying goal to force the game into overtime.
The play went back and forth between the two teams throughout the overtime. Regardless of all the effort Andover put in during the final minutes, they could end the game with a final goal.
“It was a mediocre game,” said co-captain Hannah Beinecke ’12. “The team has a few things to work out for now, including finishing off rebounds, but that will come with time later in the season.”
In Wednesday’s game against Lawrence, Evageli, Katerina, and Nikoletta Toffoloni ’15 received a lot of playing time and proved to all be key players on the team. Hannah Sorkin ’14 also contributed with her unbelievable speed and athleticism.
This past Saturday, Andover also played in a round robin tournament against Andover High, Thayer, and Notre Dame Academy. All three scrimmages were positive showings for the team, providing much needed experience playing together as a team.
Andover will play against Loomis in its first night game of the season this evening.