On Sunday October 30th, Girls soccer took on Londonderry in a quarterfinal matchup. 4-seeded Exeter started out strong, with a goal at 1:30 into the game by sophomore Avery Bleakley off of a corner kick. The corner was kicked in as Bleakley got up and headed the ball in. The Hawks continued to pepper Londonderry on the offensive end, but the Londonderry goalie continued to make great saves. With 18:42 left in the first half, senior Lydia Peucker scored on a two-on-one with sophomore Carly Pierce. As Pierce passed the ball over, Peucker finished it right through the goalkeeper’s legs. When asked about the experience, Peucker claimed it was “empowering” to nutmeg the keeper.
The gameplay seemed fairly even in the first half; both teams had their fair share of chances but Exeter’s strikers were able to capitalize on theirs. The second half was a different story. Despite the fact that no goals were scored, Exeter was dominant in possession and scoring chances.
The game wrapped up with a final score of 2-0, which was a bit of redemption for the Hawks after their 2-1 defeat to Londonderry during the regular season. Senior Cammie Kahan expressed that it was “one of our best games” and attributed the great success to teamwork: “we worked as a team, and overall we didn’t let down.” It was a good victory for the Hawks.
The Blue Hawks are scheduled to play rival Bedford on Thursday at 6:00 P.M. at home on Eustis Field. The Hawks were defeated by Bedford earlier this year in the regular season. Senior Becca Jackson gave a sense of the whole team’s feelings saying “We want revenge,” and further that it’s “time to shove them to the ground.” As history has shown us and Kahan reminded us, “good things happen when Bedford comes to play here.” Everyone needs to come support the Hawks on Thursday.