10/11/17 – GV Soccer vs. Williams School

0-7 Loss

The Girls’ Varsity Soccer team lost 0-7 to the Williams School today on its home field. Immediately, Williams girls took control of the game by bringing the ball into the end zone. Mariners goalkeeper, Brianna Segerson ‘18, saved 10 shots on goal by the end of the first half. When the Mariners did take possession of the ball, they were unable to convert as a result of Williams’ consistent pressure and tight defense. The score was 0-3 at the half.

After the half, Williams continued to dominate play on the field, scoring another four goals. The Mariners lost their second player due to injury. Goalkeeper Segerson remained unflappable, saving seven more shots on goal. Despite the setbacks and the score, the Mariners continued to play with heart and integrity.

10/6/17 – BV Soccer vs. LCA

1-2 Loss

Lexington Christian Academy visited Rocky Hill on Friday in matchup of class D schools. A late start saw things start a little slow, but Lexington was able to get on the scoreboard first thanks to a well-placed free-kick. LCA was unable to capitalize on some further early chances, and as the half progressed the Mariners grew into the game. In the second half LCA was able to extend their lead through a bit of luck. Goalkeeper Griffin Spinney was able to parry away a shot but the attempted clearance by the defense wasn’t able to clear the zone and LCA was able to slot home for a 2-0 advantage. Rocky Hill continued to work hard however, and after having a goal called back on an offsides call the Mariners were able to draw a penalty in the box. Sophomore captain Andrew Zito cooly put the spot-kick away to slice the lead in half. Unfortunately, despite some late chances, Rocky Hill could not get another goal and fell 2-1.

Man of the Match: Andrew Zito

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10/6/17 – GV Soccer @ BCA

5-0 Win

The Mariners celebrated their first away victory against Barrington Christian Academy. On this perfect autumn day, the girls walked onto the field with palpable confidence. From the first kick of the ball, the Mariners hustled to make things happen. As the sweeper, Ptolemy Tassone ‘19 led a strong defense throughout the game. Johnette Williams ‘19, Emma Stokes ‘20, and Abby Tillinghast ‘21 defended the goal with fervor. The defensive lines only allowed two shots on goal the entire game; both were saved by goalkeeper Brianna Segerson ‘18.

Offensively, Tamira Lopes ‘21 and  Kaeley Zito ‘22 led the team with remarkable agility. Avery Chen ‘18, Lucy Yu ‘21, and Val Sian ‘21 enthusiastically played their positions. Lopes scored two goals, one with an assist from Aviva Beringhause ‘19. Zito scored one goal. From the midfield, Tillinghast proved to be equally aggressive as an offensive player; she scored one goal and made one assist. Throughout the entire game, the girls supported one another with positive communication and outstanding sportsmanship on the field and from the sideline. At this point, the Mariners have a 2-2 record.

10/4/17 – BV Soccer @ Winchendon School

0-4 Loss

The Mariners traveled to north central Massachusetts to face off against the Winchendon School. The Wapiti were able to get on the board first through some nice one-two passing, but the defense held strong after that and sophomore goalkeeper Griffin Spinney denied the shots Winchendon did get off to keep the score 1-0 into halftime. Rocky Hill was able to create a few chances at the beginning of the half but couldn’t convert and eventually the defense began to break down. After Winchendon increased their lead Spinney kept hope alive with a number of brilliant saves, including denying a penalty shot. Unfortunately the Mariners couldn’t get back in the game and Winchendon closed things with a couple of late goals.

Man of the Match: Griffin Spinney

10/3/17 – MS FH vs. Smithfield MS

2-1 Win

Two picture perfect field hockey goals, which came from across into the circle and an offensive corner, helped secure the win. The score was 1–1 at halftime, but the Mariners really dominated in the second half with very little action in the defensive zone. Shout-outs to Rachel Arabian, Alexis Cote, and Sydney Boss for exceptional play on defense and offense. Also to Natalie Wilson for her terrific, first-time goalie performance! Lily Kerachsky 1 goal, 1 assist; Charlotte Boss 1 goal; Sydney Boss 1 assist.

10/3/17 – MS Soccer B vs. St. Michael’s Country Day School B

2-5 Loss

St. Michaels took a quick lead scoring early in the first and sixth minute of the game. Rocky Hill adjusted to their fast footwork and passing game by containing and improved marking stopping further goals. A change in player positions helped create offense opportunities and confidence as we took good shots on goal.

Rocky Hill continued to give their best effort and was rewarded with two goals in the second half from Qiheng (Jack) Wu assisted by Hadley Martinez and Jae Hyeon Park assisted by Andrew Hogan. Ben Lawson is credited with 5 saves in the keeper position. Although St. Michaels scored three more goals for the win, Rocky Hill was very much in the game giving great effort by all.