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.
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.
Next up, the varsity soccer team will travel to face a strong Williston team competing for Class B points. We hope to see you on Saturday.
Porter's played Class B league opponents Cheshire Academy on Saturday afternoon. Laura Gouvin '20 opened the scoring after latching on to Gabby's knockdown from a corner. Five minutes later Gouvin '20 got her second of the game after Carlyn Kosienski '19 won the ball back from Cheshire's central defender. Freshman Natalie Godoy ran through on goal after she capitalized on a defensive error and just after Maddie Duchesneau '18 stopped a certain goal in the 6-yard box Kyla Gallagher '20 received a clever pass from Sam Halligan '21 and made no mistake from 8 yards out.
The second half was slower but resulted in a little more possession from Porter's, the team looked at a new shape and the whole squad managed time on the field. The fifth goal was scored from the PK spot after Godoy '21 was brought down just inside the 18-yard box. Lauren Schramm '20 scored her first varsity goal after Sydni Scott '18 played a perfectly weighted pass to the overlapping Mackenzie Kievman '18 who placed a cross into Schramm's '20 path. Kayleen Procanik '19 then followed Schramm's '20 footsteps (with her first varsity goal) and finished the scoring after shayla Procanik '19 assisted her.
Next up Porter's play another new Class B school (last years Class C New England runners up) Marianapolis at 2.30pm on Kiki field.
Porter's is pleased to partner with Select Physical Therapy to work with the Athletic Department and provide support to the school's athletes. Through this partnership, Porter's welcomes Brittany Gustafson as head athletic trainer.
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.