Boys Soccer: Defense Holds Strong for Two Shutout Victories

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Henry Meyerrose ’17 dribbles past opponents.

Eyes locked on the goalie, Post-Graduate (PG) Andriy Proctor ’17 headed the ball into the back of the net to help Andover Boys Soccer secure its 2-0 win against Loomis Chaffee on Saturday. Coupled with a 2-0 victory over Holderness on Wednesday, Andover’s record stands at 2-1-1.

Against Loomis, Andover came out with determination, and everyone on the team contributed to its victory.

“I think it was a great team effort,” said goalkeeper Max Levi ’19. “We really went out there with a lot of intensity. After our loss to Brooks on Wednesday, we came out, we practiced well on Thursday and Friday, and I think that it really translated in our play.”

Co-Captain Peter Heckendorn ’17 said, “We had some guys step up who haven’t gotten all the minutes this season, but they all played well, and I think we played with a little more desire than we have in previous games.”

Andover moved the ball well to create many offensive chances.

Proctor said, “I think we started to click a little more, we had the ball on our feet, we had possession more, and we started to link up, get the ball toward  goal and on goal more often, had some good chances [to score].”

In the last few minutes of the game, Co-Captain Henry Meyerrose ’17 slotted a lofted ball that curved into the bottom right corner of the net, securing Andover’s first win of the season.

“It’s good to get our first win under our belt. We started off the season a little rough with a tie and then a loss, but getting the first win is always a great part of the game,” said Proctor.

On Wednesday, Andover defeated Holderness, with goals scored by Chris Muther ’17 and Proctor, the team’s two PGs.

Muther said, “The team showed up ready to play. We knew going in we would have to bring the intensity and we did exactly that.”

“Everyone was moving well and we played very well as a whole. The back four really showed up and helped us get forward and on the other end they smothered any counters against us,” he continued.

Proctor said, “Strengthening and building from what we already have serves as a great basis for the rest of the season and will help us to get better every day.”

Heckendorn said, “I hope that we’ll build on the success we had and build on what we’ve done in practice, and hopefully we’ll score some more goals.”

Andover hopes to secure its third consecutive win at home this Saturday against Taft.

Chris Muther '17.
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Chris Muther ’17.

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Andriy Proctor ’17.