Henderson ’14 Scores On Header Again; Boys Soccer Still Undefeated

Dylan Mott ’15 netted two goals, both because of opponent fouls, in Andover Boys Soccer’s 3-0 win over Winchendon on Wednesday.

With the win and a 0-0 tie with Choate Rosemary Hall on Saturday, Andover improved its record to 6-0-2.

“[The Winchendon game] was important to us because we really wanted to come out and get a win after the last game [against Choate],” said Nick DiStefano ’14, a centre-midfielder.

In the Choate game, both teams played very strong defense. Andover’s offense did its best to create scoring opportunities, but got only one good chance at a goal when Brandon Girard ’15, a forward, got a breakaway.

Choate’s players were very strong in the air, which proved to be a challenge for Andover’s defenders. However, Choate’s only scoring chances came on free kicks and corner kicks.

After 90 minutes of scoreless soccer, the game ended in a draw.

Andover left the field knowing it had to get a good result against Winchendon on Wednesday.

Andover scored a goal against Winchendon within the first five minutes on a free kick. DiStefano kicked the ball to Dylan Mott ’15, who headed it into the back of the net.

As the half progressed, Andover continued to be awarded free kicks due to Winchendon fouls but was unable to capitalize. Andover’s defense stayed strong though, and the half ended with Andover leading 1-0.

“We had many chances [in the first half] but were not able to put the ball in the back of the net enough. [Entering the second half], we were not satisfied having only scored one goal,” said DiStefano.

In the second half, Andover took the pitch revitalized and ready to extend its lead. In the first 10 minutes of the second half, Gabe Freund ’13, a centre-back, beat a defender and was then fouled in the 18 yard box.

Andover was awarded a penalty kick, and Mott stepped forward to take the shot. Mott rocketed the ball past the keeper and into the back of the net for his second goal of the game.

Andover’s next scoring opportunity came on a corner kick. Taylor Chin ’14 blasted a driven ball across the six yard line, and Graeme Henderson ’14 was able to get his head on it and put the ball past the goalie to put Andover up 3-0.

During his soccer career at Andover, Henderson has only scored off of headers; his goal against Winchendon marks his third header goal of the season.

Andover’s superb defensive effort in the Winchendon game allowed the goalie Jack Katkavich ’13 to have another shutout.

In eight games and one scrimmage this season, Andover has allowed only two goals.

“[The defense] was strong as usual. We work as a unit and are connected at all times,” said Kene Adigwe ’14.

Adigwe added, “We’re done with this game now; it’s over. We have to focus on getting the win against Tilton now.”

Andover will have an opportunity to grab its seventh win of the season when it goes on the road to play Tilton this Saturday.