Weekly Athletic Update, 9/17/19

Welcome back! Week one is in the books and the fall season is off and running on a very positive note. Most varsity teams reported back for pre-season camp in late August and have been busy putting in systems and getting our athletes in game condition. We return just about every head coach from a year ago - the lone exception and warm welcome to our new girls' cross country coach, Grace Drury - so the transition has been a smooth one to date. 
Our girls' varsity volleyball team is off to a great start with two impressive road wins over ISL schools, BB&N and Rivers. Junior striker Bella Nascimento has been outstanding particularly on the offensive end leading the way for the Hilltoppers. 
Boys' varsity soccer opened the season with consecutive home games against ISL competition rolling past St. Sebastian's by a 5-1 count after Wednesday's 1-1 deadlock with BB&N. 
Girls' varsity soccer earned a 1-1 tie on Saturday against a strong BB&N squad after eking out a 1-0 opening day win over Suffield Academy on Wednesday. Freshman striker Elizabeth Finn scored the game winning goal against the Tigers.
Field hockey opened with an impressive road win on Wednesday as senior Alexis Cagan scored three goals but fell on Saturday (2-1) to the Brooks School in North Andover.
Football dropped a 35 -7 contest to a strong Cheshire Academy team Saturday afternoon at Morse Field. Under rainy 1st half conditions the Hilltoppers were able to keep within striking distance (14-7 deficit) but the size and depth of Cheshire proved to be too much for WA to handle. The team will prepare for a Friday evening Class A contest at Exeter with a 7:30 pm start time. 
Cross Country teams travelled to Deerfield for the Deerfield Invitational on Saturday for their opening meet. Zhongguo “Marie” Wei ’21 was the 1st finisher for the WA girls’ team.
EEE Update:
Our athletic teams who practice outdoors will conclude activities by 6:15 pm to meet the suggested timeline of the Worcester Board of Health to minimize potential exposure.
All Athletic teams will have access to Cutter Backwoods Repellent as well.
Co-Athletes of the Week:
Bella Nascimento '21 – Volleyball
Carlton Steinberg ’20 - Soccer