by Ken Brown
LYNDONVILLE – The Craftsbury Academy girls’ soccer team faced a challenging schedule last week as they fell to Lyndon Institute and Rivendell Academy.
Ida Ames buried a penalty kick to make it 1-1 at halftime, but Lady Vikings pulled away at home in the second half last Monday. The Lady Chargers were without starting goalkeeper Ashley Princ, but Ella Gillespie filled in nicely, keeping the match close.
“Ella’s a basketball player at heart so it came natural to her and she did an amazing job. I was proud of the way the girls battled a D2 team and actually won the shot battle. We created plenty of opportunities, we just didn’t finish them off,” said head coach Tom Silva.
Rivendell Academy showed why they are one of the top teams in Division 4 as they blanked Craftsbury 3-0 at home on Wednesday. The Lady Raptors scored thirty seconds into the match, but Craftsbury’s defense would stiffen the rest of the half, keeping it at 1-0 at the break. Rivendell found the back of the net two more times in the second half, capitalizing on a 15-5 shot advantage. Princ returned from injury to make 12 stops for the Lady Chargers in the loss.
“That team made the finals last year and they are very athletic and deep. I’m proud of how we battled and we are definitely showing signs of improvement. I feel like we are playing well enough to win, but we are playing some teams that have deep benches and we are getting wore down in the second half a little bit,” said Silva.
The Lady Chargers traveled to Winooski on Monday and will stay on the road on Wednesday to face Twinfield/Cabot in Plainfield.