Midfielder Bri Fadden ’17 threaded a pass through the Governor’s defense to The Phillipian’s Athlete of the Week Sarah Humes ’16, who struck the ball into the far post to put Andover up 1-0 before the half. Humes, who has now scored in four straight games, propelled Andover to a 2-0 win this Wednesday, ensuring a 5-3-3 record.
Fullbacks Kaitlyn Hoang ’17 and Tookie Wilson ’18 controlled the wings, holding the Governor’s strikers at bay. In the second half, Andover’s offense had numerous shots on goal. Its relentless offensive prowess produced a second goal from Co-Captain Caroline Shipley ’16, assisted by Jordy Fenton ’17 to ensure the win.
Fenton said, “We’ve all stepped up our offensive game and changed our mindset so that we can keep moving forward and following up on every cross and shot to get that finish that we want.”
Last Friday, Andover played to a 1-1 draw against St. Paul’s. Andover controlled possession, particularly the offense. The team outshot St. Paul’s 27-0.
An unfortunate own goal by Natalia Suarez ’17 at the end of the first half allowed St. Paul’s to take the lead. Andover responded with more tenacious attack.
Humes received a long pass across the field from Co-Captain Jeanine Moreau ’16 late in the game that she snuck into the far bottom corner, evening the score against St. Paul’s at 1-1.
However, Andover’s command of the game was not enough to produce a second goal to win the game.
Humes said, “Our game against St. Paul’s was getting super frustrating, because we were dominating but couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net. It felt great to score that goal for the team, and having a great crowd cheering us on kept the momentum going until the end of the game.”
Just two days after its unsettling match against St. Paul’s, Andover was able to channel its frustration and energy into its game against BB&N. The team rallied around the return of Shipley from a three week long injury, boosting Andover to a 2-0 victory.
Humes scored another goal off a cross from Natalie Suarez ’17, putting Andover up 1-0 early in the first half. Shortly after, Fenton blasted a ball into the side netting for her first career goal.
Andover’s defense was strong. It shut down the opposition’s offense, allowing a total of three shots on goal. Moreau lead the backline with confidence.
Wilson said, “[Moreau] is truly someone who leads by example. I know she has always got my back so that gives me and the other outside backs the chance to take risks and grow as players.”
With eight games left in the season, Andover looks to continue building off its momentum in its next game against Northfield Mount Hermon on Saturday.