Porter's Varsity soccer controlled their away game vs. Class A and Founders league opponents Kent this past Saturday. Kyla Gallagher '20 sent an early ball into the area where confusion between Kent's keeper and defender allowed Evelyn Lewis '18 to be in the right place at the right time with her first goal of the season. With 15 minutes remaining in the first half Natalie Godoy '21 took advantage of a clearance on the edge of the box and hit a shot first time from 22 yards to put the score at 2-0. Shortly after half time Gallagher '20 received a pass from Laura Gouvin '20 and then beat two defenders before taking it beyond Kent's keeper and scoring Porter's third goal of the afternoon. Sam Halligan '21 finished off a nice sequence after Olivia Grommers '18 and Gallagher '20 combined to send her through on goal. The fifth and final goal was scored late in the game when Halligan '21 put in a corner that was deflected in from a Kent defender. Porter's Soccer now looks towards Wednesday's home game vs. last years Class A New England champions, Loomis Chaffee
Porter's Varsity Soccer hosted Class A and Founders league opponents Taft on Kiki's field. Looking at the last few games both teams are full of goals. Porter's Varsity needed to respond to the disappointing result vs. Pomfret by showing their improvements at defending as a unit all over the field. In the early stages both teams moved the ball well and worked hard to find that final pass, Sydni Scott '18 was released a couple of times and after she had a goal disallowed (for handball) was close to opening the scoring. Katie Konin '19, Laura Gouvin '20 and Natalie Godoy '21 showed discipline in their shape and composure on the ball. With only 15 minutes gone in the first half Gouvin '20 spotted a run from Sam Halligan '21 on the left side, Halligan '21 received the ball and twisted the Taft defender before calmly putting the home team 1-0 up. Six minutes later Gabby Owens '19 won a defensive header, from a Taft corner, that fell to Kyla Gallagher '20 on the edge of the 18, Gallagher '20 then ran from our box to Taft's beating three defenders before driving the ball into the top corner. The second goal of the game is one of the best individual efforts seen on Kiki’s turf field.
A slightly slower tempo in the second half but still both teams created opportunities, Taft went close from a corner and Gallagher '20 hit the underside of the bar. Getting a shut out against last season’s class A quarter finalists showed a higher level of concentration when Porter’s Varsity did not have possession. Mackenzie Kievman '18 had a very good game and organized throughout, Lauren Schramm '20 and Bryn Mathews '18 were solid when called upon and Maddie Duchesneau '18 and Gabby Owens '19 were resilient from start to finish. The central midfield were cohesive and the front three showed more structure in how they pressed. Naya Lipkens '18 and Jenna Hall '20 recorded their 8th shutout of the season.
Porter’s Varsity Soccer (9-1-1) now travels to Kent for another Class A and Founders league match up at 2.30pm this Saturday.
Porter's Varsity Soccer took on Pomfret away on Saturday afternoon. Pomfret (7-1) have been making marks in post-season play consistently for many years so are always a difficult opponent. With both teams excited by the challenge it was a game that was eagerly anticipated, however, less than two minutes in Porter's made two big defensive errors allowing both of pomfret's forwards to combine and score an easy goal. With the home team now settled Porter's lacked discipline (shape without the ball) in midfield and did not take a lot of responsibility when in possession at the back. Sydni Scott '18 and Kyla Gallagher '20 had the best chances but could not test the keeper from just inside the 18. Pomfret put in a few dangerous set pieces and Maddie Duchesneau '18 cleared a goal-bound effort off of the line. Pomfret added a second when our central midfield was dispossessed on the half way line and division 1 bound forward Olivia Ferrera made no mistake from the top of the box.
Half time allowed the girls to regroup and change a few of the small details that would help the girls in green get back into the game. Both teams entered the attacking thirds in the second half without really testing either keeper, Gabby Owens '19 missed the goal narrowly from a goalmouth scramble off of a free kick. With around 6 minutes left Laura Gouvin '20 found Gallagher '20 who finished first time into the far corner to half the deficit. Porter's tried to salvage a tie but it was too little too late.
Porter's Varsity Soccer (8-1-1) will now look to respond as they take on Founders league and Class A school Taft at home on Wednesday at 3pm.
Avi Dubnov is entering into his fourth season as the Miss Porter's Head Varsity Soccer Coach. In his time with the program he has been awarded with the 2014 WWNEPSSA Coach of the Year and the NSCAA 2015 Coach of the year. Avi holds his USSF National 'A' License and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. Along with Miss Porter's, he is a staff member for the girls US Youth soccer National training centers and is the Head Coach of the FSA FC United GU14 ECNL team. Avi has been a head coach for the CT Olympic Development Program for the past 7 years and is on the state staff to teach USSF Licenses to coaches in New England. for the past 3 years Avi has been a coach for Region 1 Boys. Previously, Avi has been an assistant coach for the Men's Soccer team at Trinity College and for the Men's Soccer team at Central Connecticut State University.