A long bus ride, hot day and physical and hard working opponents meant for an honest game. Williston was motivated for their home opener and that was clear with the amount of energy they applied (without the ball) for the first half. The game was stretched as the home team played with a sweeper and did not apply a lot of pressure on Porter’s back four, making it quite difficult to play between the lines. Porter’s Varsity had the majority of possession but was not able to play as quickly as they would like as they looked for a break through. The central midfielders worked hard but needed to take a little more responsibility in asking for the ball back after they play a pass and the forwards needed to be more mobile and less predictable without the ball. With five minutes remaining in the half Laura Gouvin '20 received a pass from Ana Bartkiewicz '20 and without hesitation, Gouvin '20 beat two players before putting Porter’s 1-0 up from 20 yards.
The goal before half-time took the energy out of the home team. Managing the ball and tempo was important in the second half, especially in the heat. Ten minutes into the second half Jenna Hall '20 collected a corner and played a quick long ball that Sydni Scott '18 flicked on, Kyla Gallagher '20 played a clever first time through ball that Gouvin '20 slotted into the bottom corner. Gouvin’s '20 third of the game came after she got on the end of a Lauren Schramm '20 throw in and hit the roof of the net from a tight angle. Williston scored a consolation in the second half finishing well after winning the ball and transitioning quickly.
Porter’s Varsity now turns their attention to Tuesdays (Founders league and Class B) 4.30pm away game vs. Kingswood Oxford.