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Soccer (Varsity)
vs. Hamden Hall Country Day School

tie: 2-2

September 19, 2017 @ 4:30 pm

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96 Sand Hill Road
Simsbury, Connecticut 06070 United States
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Game Summary

Barn burner is the word. The flames were high on Tuesday as we battled it out with the ever dangerous squad from Hamden Hall. First year coach Chuck Savi brought a strong and direct brand of play backed by standout goalkeeper Miranda Lannone 18′ and center midfielder Lexi Commachia 18′. Hamden Hall was aggressive, and was first to the ball right off the whistle. Some jarring tackles and tough 50/50 balls set the tone for the day. Commachia’s ICBM range goal kicks and punts put Maise Smith 19′, Caroline Smith 19′, Ava Strohmeyer 21′, Anneliese Sonju 21′, and Gabby Garcia 19′ under pressure the entire day. We were able to break the pressure midway through the first half when Liz Roach 18′ played a beautiful one touch pass at the 6 to Alaina Vermilya 20′ who then chipped the ball over Hamden Hall’s goalkeeper Lannone 18′. Despite Hamden Hall’s powerful midfield duo of Mae Cervone 20′ and Lexi Commachia 18′ working tirelessly to breakdown our passing game and attempts to penetrate their back line we ended the first half up 1-0. The second half saw us lose concentration for a stretch, and then pay for it. Our inability to relieve pressure in our defensive third eventually resulted in a soft skidder eluding our own Reagan Kerecz 20′ to knot the score at 1-1. Less than ten minutes afterward it was Hamden Hall’s Commancia 18′ turn to inflict pain. Hamden Hall’s strong and elusive center mid won the ball at the top of our defensive third and proceeded to dash by three of our players to the top of the 18 and then release a thunderous strike to the left upper 90. Down 1-2, but not out, we worked tirelessly to fight back while racing against the clock. Amanda Gould 19′, Bones Dunn 20′, and Lizzie Strapp 21′ never stopped running and looking to play forward to attackers Liz Roach 18′, Alaina Vermilya 20′ and Elise Namnoum 19′. We squandered chance after chance and the tension grew. Once again Ellery Finn 18′ to the rescue when she chipped a high floating ball over Lannone 18′ to assure us a tie when the whistle finally called the game. An unbelievable finish to a back and forth game. Next game up, Kent on Saturday. See you there!

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