Provost’s injury occurred during the third game of her junior season. She was dribbling the ball down field and went to cut, when she heard cracking in my left knee. It seemed a little weak after she planted the left foot, but followed through with her shot on goal. Unlike Cook, there was no swelling for Provost, but knew something wasn’t right when she woke up the next morning.
After her surgery in mid-October, Provost went to physical therapy and strength and conditioning classes. She didn’t return to the field until June, when she joined her Aztec team.
“Starting back up again came with some mental blocks, which is the hardest part to get over,” noted Provost. “I wear a brace, but my first games I wouldn’t go into tackles as hard and would be very hesitant. Now, a few months later, the limitations are getting less and less. The only limitation left could be some soreness after games, but that’s it.”
GAME OF THE WEEK: Coming off a Cape Ann League title last year, the Hamilton-Wenham girls soccer team (1-1) is set for a superb battle against CAL rival Masconomet (1-0) at home on Friday. Last season the Generals swept the series matchup going 2-0 against the Chieftains, but it’s a battle each time these two teams meet. Senior captain Kayleigh White is coming off a four-goal game for Masconomet.
Peabody boys head coach Stan McKeen was hoping his team would get off to a good start. After earning a quality tie against Division 1 powerhouse Acton-Boxboro over the weekend, suffice to say the Tanners are confident heading into tomorrow’s contest against Lynn English.
Last year A-B blanked Peabody, 3-0 in the Division 1 North first round, so the tie is a huge improvement for the Tanners.
Just For Kicks, a column on North Shore high school soccer, appears every Wednesday in The Salem News. Contact staff writer Gianna Addario at 978-338-2615, GAddario@salemnews.com and follow her on Twitter @GiannaAddarioSN.