On a windy afternoon Porter's Varsity Soccer traveled to Loomis Chaffe to take on last years Class A New England Champions. With only 14 healthy squad members the team knew that staying organized and focused would be a key component to success. The first half saw Loomis create a few chances and have more of the ball; the back line and keeper, Jenna Hall '20, stayed connected and rarely offered a lot of space in the defensive third. Throughout the first half the girls in green had opportunities to attack in numbers but the final pass let them down. With a minute left in the first half Laura Gouvin '20 picked up the ball in midfield, took a touch and then beat the keeper from 30 yards to send the team 1-0 up at the break. Being patient in midfield (without the ball) and executing the right pass to break the lines was the main message at half time and the girls responded. On a number of occasions Kyla Gallagher '20 and Carlyn Kosienski '19 found themselves 1 v 1 and started to cause problems. Marjorie Plants '21, Taylor Hall ’22 and Gouvin '20 showed a lot of energy in supporting the forwards. 18 minutes in to the second half Gouvin '20 played in a corner that Ana Bartkiewicz '20 touched to Gabby Owens '19 who turned and volleyed the ball into the corner of the goal. At 2-0 Porter's Soccer continued to look dangerous on the counter and Gouvin '20 threaded a ball through to Kosienski '19 who fired over the bar when through on goal. Shortly after Sam Halligan '21 picked up the ball and took two touches before releasing Kosienski '19 who composed herself before hitting the back of the net and making the game 3-0. Hall '20, Katie Konin '19, Owens '19, Meghan Keating '20, Shayla Procanik '19, Lauren Schramm '20 and Bartkiewicz were superb defensively and set the platform for the team to counter and exploit the space in the final third.
Next up Porter's Varsity Soccer (10-0-1) host Class A opponents, Convent of the Sacred Heart at Kiki field at 2pm.