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Fall Sports Recap

JV BOYS SOCCER

The Boys JV Soccer team made some very impressive strides this year and, above all, became a cohesive unit. At the beginning of the season, we had a wide range of players, some with many years of experience and others who were brand new to the sport. Through hard work and impressive commitment, we grew into a team and fought hard in every contest. The boys never gave up and worked very hard regardless of the outcome. This tenacity was on display during our victory against Hopkins for the battle of New Haven. We scored two goals and held off Hopkins to earn a 2-1 victory. Every single player on the team contributed, whether on defense or offense, and it was certainly a high moment of the year. It was a pleasure coaching these young men and to watch them grow as soccer players and make impressive strides as people.

BOYS VARSITY SOCCER

The Boys Varsity Soccer team worked very hard this season and achieved some excellent results along the way. With a mix of seasoned and first-time players, the team worked hard to build a strong sense of team spirit. The commitment from every player was evident from the start. Each showed a dedication and desire to improve with every practice and game. Strong leaders emerged from the team, even from the younger grades, which bodes well for the future of Foote soccer. The season had many highlights. In a closely fought encounter with Kingswood-Oxford, we found ourselves tied 2-2 with only a few minutes on the clock. We had to soak up pressure in defense, but we cleared our lines for one final attack. After some intricate one-touch passing, an excellent cross was headed in to seal a fine victory. Spirits were high going into the prestigious Eaglebrook tournament. This was a day many of our athletes will never forget. The highlight was a narrow 2-1 victory over Rumsey Hall, who had beaten us 7-1 only weeks earlier. Despite finding ourselves 1-0 down after only a couple of minutes, we battled back to a 2-1 lead. We then faced wave after wave of attack as our entire team defended like heroes to ensure the win. They threw themselves in front of the ball, made some big tackles, hustled the opposition off the ball. The ref’s final whistle sparked a celebration more wild than anything I have seen as a coach. This moment encapsulated our entire season. The team spirit, work ethic, dedication and commitment from everyone was there to be seen. It was a fitting end to a wonderful season.

FIELD HOCKEY

Under the ninth-grade leadership of strong defense players Nahjae Petty and Lilah Garcia (our goalie for the past two years) and four-year veteran players (Pablo deVos-Deak, Page Wildridge and Hilal Zoberi) the field hockey team had a fine season. We welcomed many new sixth and seventh graders to the team and the new girls learned valuable skills and improved their physical fitness. In fact, we had a record number of players this year: 21. A highlight of the season was the annual field hockey jamboree held at the Bement School in Deerfield, Mass. on Oct. 23. Although we tied for seventh place and only scored one goal (thanks, Isabella Purcell!), we enjoyed the gorgeous autumn day and shared our love of the sport with many like-minded athletes. Our final record this season was four wins (against Hamden Hall, St. Martin, Amistad and Renbrook), three losses (against Kingswood-Oxford twice and Hopkins, the latter played without our ninth graders!) and two ties (Pine Point and Hamden Hall). All together, we scored over 16 goals this season. Seventh grader Jasmine Xi led the team in scoring four goals, closely followed by ninth grader Pablo with three. Other scorers included new players Isabella, Maddie Merkle-Ward, Krishna Scholand, and Marley Hansen, and returning players Colleena Healy, Nahjae, Page, Lilah and Hilal. We will miss our ninth graders very much, but we are thrilled with the resurgence in popularity of the sport and the high number of enthusiastic players. The future looks bright!

CROSS COUNTRY

The Cross Country Team was represented by 18 runners from grades 6 through 9 this season. We participated in four meets during the race season, as well as the State Championships. Every team member improved in terms of running skills as the season progressed. Additionally, we faired well against our opponents with the following students emerging as our leading runners over the course of the season: sixth grader Heidi Small; seventh graders Charlie Ferguson, Nick Koobatian and Max Gettinger; and ninth grader Jaden Stone. This year's Spirit Award was earned by seventh grader Yanzhe Cai for his enthusiasm and positive attitude. The Most Improved Award was earned by eighth grader Ruari Putnam and sixth grader Zainab Khokha. The Unsung Hero Award was earned by Nick Koobatian for his quiet dedication and consistent work behind the scenes. Finally, the coveted Big Toe Award was earned by Heidi Small for her embodiment of the hard work, positive attitude, sportsmanship and skill that represent Foote Cross Country.

GIRLS SOCCER

The Girls Soccer team was comprised of 17 youthful, energetic and spirited athletes. Through a great deal of hard work, determination and an abundance of laughter, our team developed impressively over the course of our season both on and off the field. This was a testament to the leadership of our lone ninth grader, Fiona Jennings. It was amazing to witness our girls’ communication, teamwork,  power and footwork steadily improve over the course of the season. By the end of the season, our team had the opportunity to compete in 10 games and finished with a final record of 4-6 with wins coming against Independent Day School, Choate, Williams and Hamden Hall. It was a pleasure working with such a vibrant group this fall. I am confident that our team will be strong next fall. Josie Cancro was this year’s recipient of the Orange Slice Award, given to the player who, in the team’s opinion, best exemplifies the following characteristics: energetic, enthusiastic, hard-working, positive attitude, sense of humor, joy for the game, supportive, dependable, accountable, perseverant and competitive.

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