Soccer – Girls JV vs Miss Porter’s School – Away
The KO JV Girls soccer team commenced the 2023 season with a hard-fought draw against Miss Porter’s School. Several key players from last year’s team earned promotion to the Varsity leaving big shoes to fill. As they have done throughout pre-season and daily in practice, our new crop of players proved they are capable and confident and had prominent roles in the day’s result. Miss Porter’s started the game on the offensive and were able to develop intricate pass combinations on their slick home turf. Our back line was tested early, yet Maddie Hemmerich demonstrated great composure on the ball and helped new defenders Reagan Hafey – De Angelis and Olivia Gallup thwart MPS attacks. Defensive midfielder Pauline Golder stepped up and used her speed and athleticism to snuff out developing attacks as the first half progressed. New goalkeeper Lizzie Raccio confidently came off her line to keep the game level. Veteran midfielders Emma St. CLair, Margaret Miller and Maya Gerrits used their experience to gain control as the first half progressed. Bella Deurloo anchored our attack and newcomers Camila Conti and Liv Pilecki were dangerous down the flanks as they repeatedly burst down the sidelines. Ida Chapman had a great scoring opportunity late in the half when she slalomed into the box only to be bowled over by a MPS defender. The referee let play continue without awarding the deserved penalty kick. The half ended scoreless with little between the two sides. In the second half, KO made some tactical adjustments and had the lionshare of possession. Freshman Ida Chapman took a free kick from 25 yards out after a KO player was fouled down the right flank. She lasered a shot into the top corner of the net to give the Wyverns their first goal of the season and the lead. From that point, the game was a see-saw battle. Middle Schooler Mackenzie Cahill was a star in our midfield and dangled Porter’s players all afternoon. Clara Toomey and Lauren Kocay deserve credit for playing key roles in new positions. Unfortunately, with about seven minutes left in the game, MPS leveled during a scramble in the box as an unmarked player slammed the goal in the net. KO quickly regrouped and went on the attack again. Joella Asapokhai was dangerous in the number Nine position and came close to scoring the game winner. MPS were elated with the draw while KO knew they let a golden opportunity to start the season with a victory slip away. We look for our first win on Saturday at home against Williston.
KO: 1 – Miss Porter’s School: 1
Location: Miss Porter’s School
Directions: Continue on I-84 to Farmington
Tie- KO: 1 - Miss Porter's School: 1