Foote's sports teams had a great fall season, scoring hard-earned victories, learning from losses and growing as individuals and as teams through every practice and game. A total of 94 students in grades 6-9 participated in soccer, field hockey and cross country. Read on for team-by-team season recaps.
Under the leadership of ninth graders Jude and Marley, the field hockey team had an enjoyable season. We welcomed many new players to the team and the new girls and boys integrated quickly, learned valuable skills and improved their physical fitness.
A highlight of the season was the annual field hockey jamboree held at the Bement School in Deerfield, Massachusetts on October 20. We came in first place in our division, enjoyed the gorgeous autumn day and shared our love for the sport with many like-minded athletes. At the end of the day, we finished 2–1–3.
Our final regular season record this season was one win (against Hamden Hall), four losses (against Kingswood twice, Pine Point and Renbrook) and three ties (Hamden Hall, Pine Point, and Hopkins). All together, the girls scored seven goals this season. Eighth graders Lucy and Krishna led the team in scoring with two goals each, followed closely by seventh grader Aisling and sixth graders Sophia and Holly. Dani had a wonderful season in goal this year; she did a phenomenal job! She was assisted on defense by our stalwart, experienced defense players—Jude and Mia—as well as one tough newcomer, Kodi. Maddie ably played center link, a position requiring great endurance. Returning player Sophie and newcomers Caroline, Ella, Joy, Finn, Ella, Lisa, Brandon and Jonas helped round out the team and assisted on defense, midfield and offense. We will very much miss the players moving on from Foote, but we look forward to many returning players next fall!
Coach Anderson and Coach Williams
JV Boys' Soccer
The boys’ junior varsity soccer team made some impressive strides throughout the season and became a strong, cohesive unit. We started the year with a wide range of players, some with many years in the sport and others who were brand new to it. Our first game was a hard-fought tie, followed by three straight victories. The boys never gave up and worked very hard regardless of the outcome. This was all on display during our well-earned 3-2 victory over Independent Day School. After falling behind 2-0 at halftime, the boys responded with their best half of the season, scoring three consecutive goals for the win. 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 boys this year. We are excited to continue watching their development as young men and soccer players.
Coach Kossouth and Coach Joe
Our girls soccer team was comprised of 22 (one of our largest teams ever) youthful, energetic and spirited middle school student athletes. They were sixth graders Dylan, Ella, Helena, Kaylee and Nia; seventh graders Alexie, Audrey, Beyla, Grace, Lucy, Mackenzie, Sophia P. and Sophie; eighth graders Jackie, Julia, Lila, Hayden, Miia, Sachi and Sophia M; and ninth graders Cara and Josie.
Through determination, hard work and a bunch of laughter our team developed a great deal over the course of our season, both on and off of the soccer field. This was a testament to the leadership of our veteran players (who have been on the team since the sixth grade) and the willingness of our new players to work hard right from the first practice. It was amazing to witness our girls' communication, teamwork, power and footwork steadily improve over the course of the season.
Our team had the opportunity to compete in eight games and finished 5-3, with wins against IDS, Williams, Christian Heritage (twice) and The Country School. It was a pleasure working with such a vibrant group this fall. We are confident that Foote School girls soccer is going to be a formidable opponent for all teams who take on the challenge of playing against the Falcons next fall.
Additionally, Josie and Sachi were this years recipients of the Orange Slice Award. This award is voted upon by the team and is given annually to the teammate(s) who, in the team's opinion, best exemplifies the following characteristics.
- Energetic - Enthusiastic
- Hard-working, 110 percent - Positive Attitude
- Sense of humor - Joy for the game
- Supportive - Dependable
- Accountable - Perseverant
Coach Brad and Coach Ahriel
Varsity Boys' Soccer
The boys varsity soccer team enjoyed a very successful fall season. With a number of athletes playing on varsity for their third consecutive year, the team was built around excellent leadership, experience and skill. Additionally, some of the younger athletes were playing on the team for the first time, and they made the step up seamlessly, adding strength and depth to our squad. Our first two games were extremely challenging and close. We came within two minutes of a rare win against Renbrook but had to settle for a 1-1 tie. We were narrowly edged out 2-1 by a strong Choate side in our second game, but we competed well against older players and physical teams. We then went on a four-game winning streak with victories over IDS, Kingswood Oxford, Hopkins and The Country School. In these victories we amassed a total of 25 goals, giving up only 3. The team had found a good rhythm and we were certainly playing to our attacking strengths in conjunction with a defense that remained organized and solid at all times. Our final four games saw two defeats and two victories. The most notable result was a hard fought match against Fairfield Country Day School, which we ended up winning 3-1. On a large soccer field, our athletes made use of the space to produce a fine passing display that epitomized the ethos of the team; winning results based on positive attacking soccer.
The Foote School Cross Country Team was represented by 20 runners from Grades 6 through 9 this season. We welcomed 13 new Foote runners into our program! The team participated in five meets during the race season, as well as the State Championships. The runners improved in both strength and endurance over the course of the season. As a result, we fared well against our opponents. The following students emerging as our leading runners over the course of the season:
Boys: Halvor (Grade 8), Isak (Grade 7), Johnny (Grade 6)
Girls: Anya (Grade 8), Heidi Small (Grade 8)
This year's Spirit Award was earned by Heidi for her enthusiasm and positive attitude. The Most Improved Award was earned by Matias (Grade 6). The Unsung Hero Award was earned by Neill (Grade 8) for his quiet dedication and consistent work behind the scenes. Finally, the coveted Big Toe Award was earned by new runner Johnny (Grade 6) for his embodiment of the hard work, positive attitude, sportsmanship and skill that represent Foote Cross Country.
Coach Stanley, Coach Climie, Coach Sutherland and Coach Lamere