JV Spotlight: Fall Teams Hit Their Stride, Battle Through Tough Games

Sports

JV Boys Soccer:

The JV boys soccer team’s game of the month was against Canterbury School on Sept. 20. The boys played really well as the competition was fierce and eventually took the lead in the 30th minute with a goal by freshman forward Sean Gilland. This goal was all the Wyverns needed to secure a 1-0 win. Head Coach John Hissick said that the team played really well considering they were playing against larger players. “The boys played against players much bigger than themselves,” Coach Hissick said. “The team played to their strength.”

Coach Hissick said that the team’s strength is using the wings and then crossing the ball in for a goal. The team continued to apply this strategy throughout the game. The team also played well on the defensive end, and sophomore goalkeeper Ethan Raisner did outstanding in net. Raisner saved a total of 12 shots and kept a clean sheet throughout the game.

 

JV Girls Soccer:

The JV girls soccer team’s game of the month was their 1-0 win against Miss Porter’s School on Monday Sept. 17. Head Coach Timothy Allerton said that the team played well defensively, keeping Miss Porter’s from scoring. Through great teamwork and passing, junior Remy McCoy was able to send a ball behind Porters’ defensive line to freshman Natalia Correa who was able to neatly put the ball in the net, giving KO the lead.

The game was a nail-biter as KO and Porter’s both were evenly matched. After the goal, Porter’s started playing more offensive, but senior goalkeeper Maeve McDonald played very well in net. She made an impressive six saves in net and kept a clean sheet throughout the game.
This game meant a lot for the girls as they lost to Porter’s 1-0 last year, and it is always a really competitive game. Coach Allerton said that the team did really well in converting on the team’s one real chance. “We haven’t beat Porter’s in five years,” junior Cai Kuivila said. “It was really satisfying to win.”

 

JV Volleyball:

The JV volleyball team’s game of the month was their 3-2 win against Ethel Walker School on Sept. 26. The girls had a very impressive comeback after losing two sets. Head Coach Anastasia Quinn said that the girls did a good job of not losing hope. “The team performed well under pressure,” Coach Quinn said. She said that the servers played really well which included: freshman Mackenzie Caruso, junior Esha Kataria, freshman Amrita Natarajan, sophomore Olivia Pear, junior Jocelyn Ram, and freshman Lexi Vail. The girls mentally persevered and did not give up, eventually coming out with the victory.

 

JV Football:

The JV football team’s game of the month was a blowout 30-0 win against St. Luke’s School on Oct. 9. Head Coach Jack Murphy said that the team played extremely well. The team had a very strong offense with sophomore Michael DeMio throwing for 170 total yards and three touchdowns. Freshman Ben Woerlen caught the first touchdown pass of the game and junior Jaden Lovelace caught an 80 yard touchdown pass. The boys also blocked really well throughout the whole game as they did not allow any quarterback sacks. Freshman Connor Bernier, freshman Sam Krugman, and Lovelace each had an interception. The team also played incredible defense, making multiple plays in the backfield and holding St. Luke’s to long third-down plays all game. Overall, the boys played an incredible game, getting the shutout over St. Luke’s School.

 

JV Field Hockey:

The JV field hockey team’s game of the month was against Suffield Academy on Oct. 6. The team played extremely well, but fell short in the end, losing 1-0. Head Coach David Herrera said that the team worked really hard, despite having a small squad. Stamina was a big factor throughout the game as the team was low on players. “Most girls played the full 60 minutes with no breaks!” Coach Herrera said.

The team had many chances, but unfortunately could not convert. Freshman Caroline Boardman had to step up and play goalkeeper since the team’s starting goalkeeper could not make it. She did amazing in goal even though she had never played goalie before as she kept the game close with her remarkable saves.

The team also played well in midfield with outstanding performances from freshman Macy Isenberg, seventh-grader Emma Barringer, and eighth-grader Allegra Kotowitz. They were able to successfully transition the game from midfield to offense, which made it possible to get off a lot of shots. Overall, the game was extremely close and competitive, and the girls played really well. “It was a really exciting game,” Coach Herrera said. “The girls worked hard, played with class, and showed persistence.”