Close Battles at E/A Games

Strong performances by all teams, with girls volleyball bringing home a win and boys soccer ending in a tie.

By
Christian Harrison
November 12, 2016
Field Hockey

The varsity field hockey team fought hard against Big Blue during the E/A Games. Final score: Andover won, 0-2. 

A back and forth second half ended with the varsity football team dropping a tight 16-7 game in front of a packed house at Andover.

After falling behind 10-0 in the first half, Exeter began to assert their will, dominating possession during the third quarter. Early in the fourth, Big Red finally found the end zone on a three-yard TD run, cutting the lead to 10-7.

The ensuing onside kick appeared to be recovered by Exeter, but after the pile of players was sorted, the ball was awarded to Andover in a huge turn of events. They proceeded to drive down the field and score their second TD of the game, a one-yard run, to make it 16-7.

Exeter made a late push, but on fourth-and-goal came up a couple yards short on a pass play in the middle of the field, turning the ball over and allowing Andover to run out the clock for the 16-7 victory.

Boys varsity soccer got the day started in a defensive battle that ended in a 0-0 draw. Both teams had opportunities to break the tie, with Exeter being denied on a couple of point-blank shots. Andover rang the post on a free kick early in the first half, their best scoring chance of the game.

Varsity girls soccer came up a goal short in a 2-1 loss, while varsity field hockey had trouble overcoming an early deficit as they were blanked 2-0.

In the game of the day, Exeter girls volleyball battled back from a 1-0 and 2-1 hole, winning the last two sets to defeat Andover 3-2. Trailing in the fourth set, Exeter rode a long wave of momentum for a fifth set in decisive fashion. Big Red jumped out to an early lead in the final set, and rode that strong play to a 15-8 fifth set victory as the raucous Exeter crowd rushed the court in celebration.

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