Bloom ’12 and Mott ’15 Net Two Each as Andover Shuts Out New Hampton

Freshman phenomenon Dylan Mott ’15 propelled Andover to another perfect week, netting two goals in Andover’s 5-0 romping of New Hampton on Wednesday.

Andover got off to a slow start against New Hampton. Poor ball movement allowed New Hampton to neutralize the high-octane Andover offense. Mott rejuvenated the team by finishing a well-played cross from Nick DiStefano ’14, giving Andover a 1-0 advantage. Later in the half, Michael Bloom ’12 fired a shot into the back of the net, increasing Andover’s lead. Another pair of goals from Bloom and Mott ended any hope of a New Hampton comeback.

Late in the game, Gabo Cordero ’12 beat New Hampton’s last defender and played the ball into the back corner of the net, finishing New Hampton and securing a 5-0 win for Andover.

Joe Yonga, Assistant Coach of Boys Soccer, said, “In the second half, we kind of brought up our energy, and it was a much better performance. We’re going into a big game against Exeter this Saturday, and you want to have some momentum on your side.”

Last Saturday, Andover secured a 2-1 victory over Kimball Union Academy (K.U.A.).

DiStefano fired a rocket from just outside the box, putting Andover up 1-0.

K.U.A.’s offense responded early in the second half, capitalizing on a penalty kick.

The game remained tied until the 82nd minute when Taylor Chin ’14 scored the winning goal. Sam Hewat ’12 beat a defender before crossing the ball to Chin, who kicked the ball off his heel into the net.

Chin said, “I was running full speed towards the goal. Sam had played the exact same ball to me in the game before, and I had squandered the opportunity. Instead of hitting it where the goalie expected me to go, I let the ball run through my legs and tapped it in with my trailing foot.”

Andover’s defense, led by Myles O’Neil ’12, fended off a last-minute KUA attack, clinching the 2-1 victory.

Andover will square off with a 14-1 Exeter squad on Saturday.