Thomas ’15 Tanks NMH with Four Goals, Two Assists

Alex Thomas ’15 commanded play against Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) on Saturday and finshed the day with four goals and two assists.

Coming off a 1-1 draw last Wednesday, Andover Girls Soccer dominated NMH with an 8-1 win on Saturday.

“Coming off of a tie with Governor’s, we were determined to get over our lack of scoring. All week we focused on shooting and finishing in practice. The practice translated extremely well into the game, and as we showed up to NMH, we were excited to prove to ourselves that we have the ability to score,” Thomas said.

Thomas scored within the first ten minutes off of a rebound shot. Later in the first half, Hannah Guzzi ’14 passed Thomas the ball, and she was able to dribble down the field and score.

Andover gained momentum and continued to put the pressure on NMH throughout the second half, adding on five more goals to secure a decisive victory.

“After a very discouraging start to the season, it was nice to go out and play on a beautiful fall day and score a bunch of goals as a team,” said Thomas. “It proved…that we have the skill and the heart to not only put the ball in the back of the net, but to win.”

“It felt great to have such a great game in the midst of such an up and down season. This win gave us the momentum we need to finish off the season strong and competitively,” Thomas added. “Coming off of this win, I have high hopes for the rest of the year.”

In its next game against Thayer Academy, Andover rode its momentum to a 2-1 victory. The team fell into an early 1-0 hole but remained determined.

“Thayer surprised us by scoring so quickly, but we kept our composure and didn’t let it affect us. We used it as a wake up call and started to play our game” said Nekele McCall ’14.

At the end of the first half, Andover managed to tie the score on a strike from Guzzi. The team continued to drive forward and eventually took the lead in the middle of the second half when Guzzi scored a second goal.

“This was a huge win for us. We were really excited to pull this one out because it was a full team effort. It also starts a two game winning streak, which we are excited to defend,” said McCall. “We are looking forward to playing to keep the streak alive this Saturday.”

Andover looks to continue its strong play when it hosts Deerfield on Saturday and travels to Nobles on Wednesday.