by Ken Brown
PLAINFIELD – The Twinfield/Cabot boys’ soccer team kicked off their season in style last week with a pair of tight wins over Blue Mountain and Christ Covenant.
Alec Moran converted a penalty kick in the first half and freshman Meles Gouge added an insurance goal early in the second half to lead the Trojans past Blue Mountain 2-0 last Wednesday at Cabot field. Rowan Cleary and Neil Alexander combined to make 19 stops to preserve the shutout. Hollis Munson made nine saves for the Bucks as they fell to 1-1 on the season.
“Our defense did a phenomenal job denying scoring chances. They did a good job of packing the back with a stingy defense. Overall, I was pleased with how we controlled possession for most of the match and were able to create opportunities. We need to continue to work on manufacturing scoring chances and putting them on frame,” said head coach Peter Stratman.
Alec Moran buried a penalty kick early in the second half to pull the Trojans even and Lucas Roberts assisted Meles Gouge for the game winner five minutes into overtime as they clipped Christ Covenant 2-1 at home on Saturday. Neil Alexander made eight stops in the win and Aiden Morse, Blue Christensen, Alec Moran, and Henry LoRe were rock solid on the defensive line. Nathan Mulligan converted a penalty kick for the Saints late in the first half as they fell to 1-1.
“It felt good to get a win after being down early against a very athletic team. It was back and forth the entire match and the guys showed a lot of grit and determination. Meles is a standout in a very talented freshman class that we have this season,” said Stratman.
Twinfield/Cabot hosted Craftsbury Academy on Tuesday and are scheduled to travel to Blue Mountain on Thursday and back to the Chargers on Saturday.