Scores and highlights from October 2 through October 7.
Monday, October 2 Varsity Soccer vs. Wilbraham & Monson: W 5-0 Recap: It was Natalie Godoy '21 who opened the scoring from the PK spot after a Wilbraham defender touched a Laura Gouvin '20 corner. Shortly after Gouvin '20 was released down the right wing by Kyla Gallagher '20, Gouvin '20 beat a defender and put in a driven cross that Gallagher '20 got on the end of to make the score 2-0 to the girls in green. Gallagher' 20 got her second of the game when she received a throw in from Lauren Schramm '20, Gallagher '20 turned in on her left foot, found some space on the 18 and then finished powerfully into the roof of the net. Gallagher '20 completed her hat trick two minutes into the second half when she received another throw in from Schramm '20 and then proceeded to beat three defenders before calmly passing the ball into the bottom corner. Ana Bartkiewicz '20 scored her first varsity goal to complete the scoring, Sam Halligan '21 played in a dangerous corner that Bartkiewicz '20 read and guided into the net.
Bryn Mathews '18 defended well and played some dangerous passes from a deep position, Katie Konin '19 saw a lot of the ball and Naya Lipkens '18, Jenna Hall '20 (and their defense) can be proud of a 7th shutout in 6 games.
Wednesday, October 4 Varsity Field Hockey vs. Westminster: L 0-6
Varsity Soccer vs. Westminster: W 4-3 Recap: The much improved and hard working Westminster team caused problems in the middle of the field with number 17 being their main architect. Although it was an even start to the game Kyla Gallagher '20 was the closest to opening the scoring as she rounded the keeper but lost her footing before taking that final touch. Westminster combined well in the final third and finished well from 15 yards to put them 1-0 up. With only 7 minutes remaining in the half Westminster worked the ball from one side of the 18 to the other and had enough time to pick out their spot and put the score at 2-0. With only two minutes before half time Olivia Grommers '18 scored an important goal to change the dynamics at half time, Laura Gouvin '20 put in a corner that Grommers '18 put her head on after timing her run to put the score at 2-1.
Porter's Soccer changed their shape at half time and came out taking the initiative and creating a lot of opportunities. Gallagher '20 created her own opportunity but fired straight at the keeper and a great cross from Sydni Scott '18 somehow landed in the Westminster keeper's hands. Gallagher '20 then showed her quality as she received a pass from Natalie Godoy '21 and then guided into the 18 yard box and slotted the ball under the keeper to tie the score at 2-2. Gallagher '20 then got her second of the game after running onto a Gouvin '20 through ball and managed to cut back before finishing at the near post. Only minutes later Sam Halligan '21 hit the crossbar as Porter's continued to dominate. With less than 15 minutes remaining Westminster struck a 30 yard free kick that wasn't dealt with properly and the ball fell to one of their forwards who scored from 2 yards out making the score 3-3.
With only 55 seconds left in the game Gouvin '20 took a pass from Lauren Schramm '20 and then with her left foot played an excellent pass through two Westminster defenders and onto Gallagher '20 who showed the composure and calmness of a true goal scorer and won the game for the girls in green.
Varsity Volleyball vs. Wilbraham & Monson: W 3-1 Recap: Porter's won the first set 25-19 before dropping the second 15-25. Ellie Whitty '18 served the team out to a 7-0 lead in the third set and Porter's never looked back in a 25-13 win. In game four, Whitty's serving again helped Porter's jump out to an 8-0 lead and clinched the match with a 25-18 win.
Astrid Lipkens '21 recorded her first career double-double with 25 assists and 10 digs. Sofia Barth '19 and Callie Godfrey '20 had a team high 8 kills while Ellen White '19 chipped in with 5 kills and 9 digs. Delaney Nwachukwu '20 had a strong match at the net, contributing 6 kills and 4 blocks.
Thursday, October 5 Varsity Badminton vs. East Hartford High: W 7-2 Recap: The Porter's Badminton Team extended their win streak to seven straight wins by defeating East Hartford High School 7-2. The heavy favorite, Porters benched the top two singles players, Roanna Zou '19 and Nitya Shah '20, in the singles competition, and then mixed up the doubles lineup in order to make the match more competitive. As a result, there were a number of closely contested matches with two matches that had to be decided in a third and decisive game. Though first doubles team of Simrat Khalsa '19 and Damia Rizwan '18 lost their third game, Shushu Fang '18 rallied after losing the second game to win the match. Other highlights were the forth singles victory of freshman Jolie Nguyen '21 who teamed up with Roanna Zou '19 in Second Doubles. Also winning straight set victories were Simrat Khalsa '19 (first Singles), Nitya Shah '20/Veronica Pereira '19 (Third Doubles), Rose Aydin '18/Christine Park '21 (Forth Doubles), and Joyce Huang '19/Sara Park '19 (Fifth Doubles).
Friday, October 6 Varsity Badminton vs. Glastonbury High: W 7-1 Recap: Facing a new regional opponent, Porter's badminton won a decisive victory over the predomantly male Glastonbury High School team.
In one of the most competive matches, Roanna Zou '19 faced off against their top male player and won the first game 21-18, and the second 21-12. In Doubles, Zou '19 teamed up with Nitya Shah '20, who won her #2 singles match handily, to win the #1 Doubles 21-1, 21-5.
Also winning at straight set victories in singles were Simrat Khalsa '19 and Shushu Fang '18. Other winners in Doubles competition were Khalsa '19 /Anika Philomin '20 (#3 Doubles), Fang '18/Jolie Nguyen '21 (#4 Doubles).
Varsity Field Hockey vs. Taft: L 0-6
Saturday, October 7 Varsity Cross Country @ Gordy Glover Invitational: 5th Place Recap: The Porter's cross country team traveled to Suffield Academy on Saturday to participate in the Gordy Glover Invitational. The conditions were warm and the course included one large hill, but the team is used to running in those circumstances.The Porter's team placed 5th out of 9 teams with 120 points. Alexandra Poole '20 placed 4th overall with a time of 20:58 which is a personal best for her this season!