According to Daniel Cho ’21, Andover’s loss against Nobles was heavy but the team looks to improve upon their mistakes.
“It was a pretty tough loss to handle. We didn’t play very well. I thought [Co-Captain] David Wang [’20] had some pretty solid defensive plays. We did have one pretty impressive goal by [Omoniwa] as well,” said Cho.
“During practice, we just have to train harder so we can come into our next game with more intensity, which we didn’t have against Nobles,” said Cho.
Earlier in the week, Andover lost a pair of scrimmages against Roxbury Latin and Exeter with respective scores of 1-3 and 0-1. Andover’s current record stands at 0-1.
According to Jed Heald ’20 and Tulio Marchetti ’21, although the team lost its two scrimmages, the team showed promise and the playing time proved valuable for everyone on the team.
“We had high spirits going into it, and we definitely came out with a strong punch, but we let in a few goals early against Roxbury Latin,” said Heald.
“There were definitely a few things we could work on in terms of defending and even with our attacks and our pressure. Coach told us after the Roxbury Latin game that we needed to step up against [Phillips Exeter Academy], and I believe we did just that, but there’s always room for improvement,” continued Heald.
“I think that the playing was very valuable because we got to see our potential as a team and it showed our weak points early so we now know what to work on for the future. We’re happy that they were scrimmages because that’s what scrimmages are made for, to learn and develop from our mistakes and progress throughout the season,” said Marchetti.
Despite these losses, the team is aiming to stay focused, according to Wang.
“It was a good wake up call for sure. There’s a lot to be done, but there’s also a lot of potential for the team. We have a lot of new additions along with several returning players and we have a good team relationship with each other, good team chemistry, and it’s just a fun environment in general.”
Andover will scrimmage Belmont Hill away on Saturday and hopes to secure its first win of the season.