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Despite Our Best Efforts

Bobbi Moran
Kent Place showed up to today's away game vs. Westfield. The Dragons were locked in from the get-go and excited to build upon a strong finish versus Glen Ridge last week. The team had traveled down to Princeton on Friday to watch a battle royale between New Jersey power houses #6 Princeton vs. #20 Rutgers University. The Dragons took copious notes on the Scarlett Knights' ferocity and Princeton's determination. Both teams put on a clinic for our girls and no one was disappointed with the opportunity to watch such high level play. The girls even had the chance to give a shout-out to their former teammate, KPS alumna Isla Okkinga '19, freshman GK for the Tigers, and the Dragons got several shout outs from Coach Moran's friend, Marybeth Freeman, on ESPN+ who was the former Columbia Univeristy and Temple University Coach.

Saturday's Westfield game however was one that tested the team's frustration level more than anything else. The Dragons did their best to pepper the opponents' circle, but did not convert on any of their corner opportunities because of simple fouls that were more a result of careless play on the part of the visitors than brilliance on the part of our opponent. A controversial call in the first half gave the home team a penalty stroke that KPS GK Audrey Alix got a stick on, but did not punch away, and Westfield went up 1-0 into the half. 

The second half was played mainly in Westfield's defensive end. KPS strung together some great passing combinations and worked their way around the home team, but despite earning a number of quality corner opportunities the Dragons could not convert any of them into a goal (credit the opposition for putting ball on our feet and keeping their sticks down ; ). Westfield earned a second stroke late in the game, but Alix was up to the task and had learned her lesson. The ball came to her right side and Alix deftly batted the shot down and away for the save, which served to take the wind out of the home team's sails and bolster the Dragons, but it was a tale of "too little too late" and DESPITE OUR BEST EFFORTS KPS fell victim to the time on the field, giving up the win on a controversial stroke call. 

Nonetheless, the Dragons need to work on their attack and will use Monday and Tuesday to prep for their Wednesday hometown rivalry against a talented OKS squad at Chatham Fields. Hope to see you there! Whistle blows at 4:30pm.
Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.