Junior Varsity vs. HHNE
On Monday October 6, the Hebrew High of New England, HHNE traveled to MacDuffie for a highly competitive matchup in the school’s first meeting of the season. The fireworks began early with an early goal by Hazim Jaber, who put MacDuffie ahead 1-0. While HHNE responded with two goals, our players remained confident and with goals from Mirue Choi and Charlie Avery, we came away with our first tie of the season, ending the game 3-3. It was MacDuffie’s most complete game of the year, and the players battled through and kept their head held high.
Junior Varsity @ Suffield Academy
MacDuffie Junior Varsity played our first away game of the season. We traveled to Suffield Academy, where we were eager to play the team we barely lost to last week. We were missing many starters, however, this trip provided great opportunity for those who normally don’t see much playing time to have full speed in game exposure. It’s these types of games and experiences where a team takes a step backwards to take three steps forward. While we lost 6 – 0, the skills and experience our squad got today was very valuable to the team and to our players’ individual progression. We will have the full squad at it on 10/15 when Forman plays at MacDuffie.
BOYS VARSITY SOCCER
Varsity @ Putnam
The Mustangs pulled off another phenomenal win over Putnam Academy on 10/8/14. 3-1 was the score where every goal was scored from an assist. Tamer had a spectacular hat trick leading the Mustangs to victory and Joe Varney had a stand out performance with 11 saves in goal. The team is becoming more and more cohesive each game and the strength of the boys soccer team continues to show at the MacDuffie School.
The Mustang’s Cross-Country Team performed well during last week’s Watkinson School Invitational Meet. Taking second in the girls’ race, Nicolette Peterson came in with a time of 21:09. In the boys’ competition, Evan Murdock placed third in a time of 19:28. Ethan Shelburne, MacDuffie’s next placing runner in the boys’ race, took 11th in a time of 20:19. Congratulations to all runners on another race well-run!
GIRLS VARSITY SOCCER
Varsity @ Christian Heritage
In a closely fought encounter, Ava Marion’s strike 12 minutes into the second half was enough to give the Mustangs the victory they deserved, making it 7 wins from 7 games. The Mustangs started strong, creating several chances as a result of good work from Ava Marion and Mia Levesque on the flanks. The pressure continued for most of the first half, but, they were denied goals by the excellent Christian Heritage goal keeper. With 10 minutes remaining in the half, Ania Ludkiewicz thought she had made the breakthrough, but her attempt hit the underside of the crossbar and, in the opinion of the referee, the ball did not cross the line. Early pressure from the Mustangs at the start of the second half was rewarded with a fine goal from the right foot of Ava. Mia wriggled her way down the left flank, beyond the full back, and swung a teasing ball into the 6-yard box. Ava attacked the back post and drilled the ball into the roof of the net.
MacDuffie held on to this lead, despite a couple of scares in front of their own goal. Kristina Smith was again deputising in goal for the injured Ryleigh, and earned the clean sheet. With minutes left in the game, Mia crossed in another great ball and as her sister Maddy challenged for the ball, Ava pounced on the loose ball and this time calmly passed the ball into the far corner. As the celebrations began, the referee disallowed the goal and awarded the home team a free kick for a foul in the box. Minutes later the celebrations began again at the sound of the final whistle. This game had double significance since Christian Heritage are in both NEPSAC and CISAC leagues.
Varsity vs. Hamden Hall
On Wednesday October 8, girls’ varsity volleyball had a match against Hamden Hall. The Mustangs won 3-2. The score was very close the whole game. The girls stepped up their game, and all played extremely well. In the fourth game the Mustangs had to fight extra hard to stave off a Hamden victory, if Hamden had won the fourth game, MacDuffie would have lost the match. The team did not fail under pressure; instead they excelled and showed everyone what it means to be a true Mustang. They fought hard to come back and won! All of the girls played very hard, and pulled through to take the victory!