Assistant coach Noureddine El Alam noticed and mentioned it during a recent girls soccer practice at Phillips Academy Andover: The finishing.
No, not the final touch around the 18-yard box that produces goals, but the way Andover has been finishing matches strong this season.
That persistence wasn’t always present in 2018.
“He said last year we were a first-half team, and by the second half we were physically and emotionally drained,” said Rachel Chang, a senior outside back and co-captain. “This year, we have the ability to finish games.”