Andover Falls in Second Half

Andover Field Hockey held the Noble & Greenough School to no scores in the first half of its game last Wednesday but let up its intensity in the second half and ultimately fell 1-0.

Though Andover’s defense dominated the first half of the game against Nobles, its offense had trouble capitalizing. The team earned only three corners and one shot on net.

Nobles stormed into the second half with intensity. Play after play, Andover found itself getting pushed off of balls. Though Andover may have been the more skillful team, Nobles played hard and strong and fought for the entire game.

Forward Alec Kingston ’14 said, “Nobles played tenaciously in this half, really pressuring our back line. They came back for every ball and their sticks always seemed to be in the right places at the right times.”

Nobles netted its only goal midway through the second half, right after calling a time out.

Cara Daly ’13 said, “They were a really strong team. They were aggressive and ran to and through the ball. We kind of shut down our offense, but otherwise we worked well together on defense. It was just an unlucky goal.”

As a whole, it was an unlucky loss for Andover, but the team is using it as a learning experience for the remaining three games of the regular season.

Kristin Mendez ’13 said, “Our coaches were disappointed that we let up in the second half, but they encouraged us to learn from the loss and use it as motivation to do better in our game on Saturday.”

Andover will next face Cushing Academy Saturday at home at 3:15 p.m.