Under frigid skies, the Wildcats managed to stay sharp and outscore a talented Berwick side for a 2-1 quarterfinal win. Gracie Gamache put Casey Allen through for a breakaway and the Wildcat’s first goal. Gamache finished a Kyra Russman-Araya long ball for the second goal and a KUA 2-0 lead at the half. Olivia Brooker, along with the back four of Bella Parento, Scout Beaupre, Molly Davis, Lina Tommola, and Anna Rogers, finished the half with a clean sheet and solid coverage of the defensive end.
In the second half, both teams had their chances at either end. With 14 minutes remaining, Berwick was awarded a penalty kick and glimpse of hope, but KUA’s Sophie Braver held her ground and made the save. Center midfielders Esa Anderson, Maike Lasser, and Kat Maniatis were dominant in the middle. Berwick finally managed to score in the final seconds of the game. KUA (13-3-2) heads to Brewster Academy on Saturday at 1pm to avenge two of its regular season losses.
Founded in 1813, Kimball Union Academy is one of the oldest private boarding high schools in New Hampshire and the country. KUA blends the best of the New England boarding tradition with an innovative, modern educational program for a diverse group of day and boarding students from across the country and around the world. Located in Meriden, New Hampshire in the heart of the Upper Valley, Kimball Union is minutes from Dartmouth College and has direct access to Boston and New York.