It was not the best day for outdoor activity, but the Hamilton-Wenham varsity girls soccer team successfully battled cold, pouring rain in sloppy conditions for one half.
The second half was a different story when five goals were scored by the visiting Georgetown Royals.
The Lady Generals came out strong in the opening half, controlling the tempo of the game on the wet field and generating some good scoring chances.
Georgetown did manage a few attempts at net during the first half, but Hamilton-Wenham goalkeeper Taylor Morong was able to keep the ball out of her net, bringing the game into halftime scoreless.
After the break, the tempo of the game shifted in Georgetown's favor, as they started getting closer and closer to the Hamilton-Wenham goal.
Morong was able to make a solid save to start the second half, deflecting a shot off of the near post, and her defense was able to clear the ball out from in front of the net on another occasion.
But the close calls finally caught up with the Lady Generals as Georgetown's Nicoline Holland tallied the game's first goal in the 46th minute.
Things only got worse from there for the H-W girls, as they surrendered four more goals to the Georgetown girls enroute to a 5-0 home-field loss.
Scoring for the Royals were Ashley Mueskes, Kristin Hogan and Nicole DiMaio. Holland finished the game with two goals.
Caroline Savasta and Alana Vechiarello played well for the Hamilton-Wenham offense, working a solid give-and-go that was narrowly thwarted by Georgetown keeper Jaime Block. Final score aside, Morong, who is a sophomore, played a great game in net for the Lady Generals, keeping her team in the game for as long as possible.
"We had a much better second half," said Georgetown head coach Colleen Gibbs after the game. "We fine tuned our approach and were able to connect on more of our passes; it was a great overall effort by the girls."
Hamilton-Wenham head coach Chal Congdon noted that his team played well at points but still has some fundamental problems they need to fix.
"I thought we had some good moments," said Congdon, "but we didn't play as a team."
The Lady Generals' next game is against the Lynnfield Pioneers on Thursday, Oct. 7, before taking on North Andover on Oct. 12, Manchester-Essex on Oct. 13 and Newburyport on Oct. 15 next week.
"We've got a lot of games coming up quick," said Congdon, "so hopefully we can get some results."