Andover Field Hockey came out with a 0-0 tie in a heated game against undefeated and top New England team Middlesex two Wednesdays ago. Andover also won a crucial game against St. Paul’s two weeks ago, 3-0. Andover got two more wins against Northfield Mount Hermon and Buckingham, Browne and Nichols this past week.
Lizzie Paul ’12 scored first for Andover in the game against St. Paul’s, sending the ball into the back of the net during a scramble in front of the goal, following co-Captain Brooke Van Valkenburg ’12’s corner. Andover continued to take advantage of its momentum into the second half. The team had a wait in the second half due to hail and lightening but came back firing. Van Valkenburg netted the second goal off of a corner, and Eva Toffoloni ’15 followed with another to secure a 3-0 win.
All three of Andover’s goals were scored off of corners taken by Van Valkenburg. Alec Kingston ’14 said, “Brooke takes phenomenal hits on corners, that’s how we score the majority of our goals.”
Earlier in the week, Andover dominated in the first 15 minutes of its game against Middlesex, the first ranked team in the league. Middlesex’s strategy consisted of hitting the ball to their best player and having her drive up the field. Andover’s defensive line, including co-Captain Hannah Beinecke ’12, Cara Daly ’13 and Sarah Marcotte ’13 denied the Middlesex player any opportunities.
Despite numerous scoring opportunities, Andover was unable to finish, and after sudden death overtime, the game ended in a deadlock at 0-0.
Hannah Sorkin ’14 said, “I think that we all really wanted the win, but after we talked about the game and realized that we just tied an undefeated team, we were proud of how we played.”
This past Saturday, Andover sealed a 2-1 win against NMH. Amy Morin ’14 scored early in the first half, but NMH answered with a goal to tie the game at 1-1 three minutes later. Late in the second half, Beinecke put the ball away on a corner to win the game 2-1. On Wednesday of this week, Andover pulled through with another win against BB&N.
Coach Martha Fenton said, “They weren’t necessarily our greatest games, but we came out with the wins that we needed, even if they were gritty ones.”
Andover Field Hockey will travel to Deerfield this Saturday.