Scores and highlights from September 13 through September 16.
Wednesday, September 13Varsity Badminton vs. Emma Willard:
Porters' badminton swept the singles competition and claimed three out of four of the doubles matches in the season opener against Emma Wilard. It was the first ever badminton match between these two single sex boarding schools.
Outstanding player of the day was sophomore Nitya Shah who faced off against Emma Willard's most formidable player in high caliber singles and doubles competition. In the former, Shah '20 demonstrated remarkable skill, agility, and poise to hold off her opponent and claim the victory. In the doubles, she teamed up with Junior Simrat Khalsa in another highly competitive match which, though not as successful, was equally exciting to witness.
Varsity Field Hockey vs. Kingswood-Oxford:
Porter's played a tough game against KO on Wednesday. Warm weather had really heated up the turf and the early season game was truly a test of the athletes' fitness. Down by only by 1 goal in the first half, the coaches were really pleased with the defensive strategy and cleaner play in the circle. The defense was led by McKenna Cutler '19, whose calm, but tenacious play was essential. Kami Vigilant '20 also had a great game, playing three-quarters of the time in goal; she blocked some rocket shots and demonstrated quick footwork and focus.Varsity Soccer vs. Marianapolis Prep:
The girls in green applied the intensity in the early stages but lacked composure when in possession, often players were passing too early or too late or making the wrong decisions when in possession. Marianapolis created a few chances as Porter's varsity struggled to find any balance and rhythm to their play. On 15 minutes Sydni Scott '18 won a corner and Carlyn Kosienski '19 and Laura Gouvin '20 combined to find Scott '18 who scored her first goal of the season with a first-time finish.
The second half was at a better tempo and Porter's varsity were relentless at entering and creating in the final third. Neat footwork from Scott '18 allowed Natalie Godoy '21 to thread a ball into Gouvin '20 who beat her marker before calmly passing the ball into the back of the net. Gouvin '20 scored her second of the game after she took advantage of an error before beating the keeper from 7 yards. Freshman Sam Halligan scored her first varsity goal after she was played into the area by Kayleen Procanik '19, and Halligan '21 passed the ball into the corner of the goal to make it 4-0. With 10 minutes remaining, Halligan '21 took a corner and played an inviting ball to the back post where Gabby Owens '19 met it with a powerful header completing the scoring.
Saturday, September 16Varsity Field Hockey vs. Wilbraham & Monson:
Porter's played our best game yet against Wilbraham in a close matchup on Saturday. Fitness and heart were key, as the team took on a worthy opponent on a hot a day with very few subs on the bench. Several players stood out for their sophisticated play. Co-Captain Gaelen Carroll '17 was essential in organizing the defensive strategy and holding off Wilbraham's offensive line. In the midfield Maya Butensky '17, a varsity newcomer, exhibited fitness, versatility, and tenacity. Mckenna Cutler '19, Grace Bergin '19, and Gretchen Wilmuth '17 each played their best games yet. Additionally, goalkeeper Elizabeth Muller '19 wowed the opponent and the spectators with over a dozen amazing saves.Varsity Soccer vs. Williston Northampton:
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. 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 Mackenzie Kievman '18 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.Varsity Volleyball vs. Deerfield Academy:
Porter's varsity volleyball dropped a tough match to Deerfield in 5 grueling sets. In a back and forth matchup, the game scores were 25-23, 17-25, 25-18, 15-25 and 10-15. Ellen White '19 had Porter's first double-double of the season with 10 kills and 14 digs. Violet Cue '21 was a strong presence off the bench, providing good defense and smart attacking, while Vitoria Lima '19 had 6 key digs on defense.Varsity Volleyball vs. Milton Academy:
Porter's varsity volleyball picked up their first win of the season, beating Milton Academy 3-1. Game scores were 25-19, 25-19, 18-25 and 25-21. Callie Godfrey '20 lead a balanced attack with 12 kills. Sofia Barth '19 added 8 kills and 6 digs, and Delaney Nwachukwu '20 chipped in with 7 kills. Astrid Lipkens '21 guided the offense with 32 assists, while Ellie Whitty '18 picked up 9 digs on defense.