Porter's Varsity Soccer traveled to take on Class A and founders League opponents Taft on Wednesday afternoon.
In an even first half Porter's was a little too eager to play the final ball giving possession away (be that in the defensive third) too easily. The two best chances of the half fell to Kyla Gallagher '20 and Carlyn Kosienski '19 but the Taft keeper showed good footwork and handling on both occasions. The second half was an opportunity to show a little more understanding in the attacking third and the girls in green did not disappoint. Only 5 minutes after the restart Gallagher '20 played a square pass to Laura Gouvin '20 who threaded a ball in behind for Gallagher '20 who took it around the keeper to open the scoring. At the 12 minute mark Porter's intercepted a dangerous pass that fell to Taft's creative midfielder who showed good footwork to score the first goal against the team in 9 games. Only a few minutes later Jenna Hall '20 punched clear a corner and Marjorie Plants '21 and Sam Halligan '21 found Gallagher '20 who turned provider for Gouvin '20 who ran through and beat the keeper to restore the lead. Porter's Soccer had a few other very good chances to finish the game, including a 2 v 1 situation 20 yards from goal. With less than 5 minutes remaining the girls in green wasted a free kick and were hit on the counter, Taft put in a very good cross to the back post where the Taft #3 was waiting to head the ball home to tie the game.
Taft are regulars in the Class A New England tournament and once again provided a difficult test for Porter's soccer. The team will have to learn from some key moments in the second half that would've turned a tie in to a win, however they showed a lot of character and maintained their unbeaten start to the season.
Next up Porter's Soccer (8-0-1) host another Founders League opponent, Kent at home on Saturday afternoon.