Lady Cats Struggle Offensively in Pair of Losses

by Ken Brown

HAZEN – The Hazen girls’ soccer team were blanked by Missisquoi and Oxbow last week, leaving them in search of an offensive spark and their first win of the season.

Alexandra Brouillette scored a pair of goals to lead Missisquoi to a 3-0 road win over Hazen last Wednesday. Brouillette broke a scoreless tie twenty minutes into the match and made it 2-0 fourteen minutes into the second half. Ava Hubbard added an insurance goal for Missisquoi as they improved to 3-2 on the season. Alleigh Gabaree made 16 stops in the loss.

“We came out strong to start the match, possessing the ball in the middle of the field and attacking their defensive third, but their backline was strong and we just couldn’t break through. We adjusted our play to be more aggressive in the second half. It created some nice scoring chances for us, but left us open to their counter attacks. Eighth graders Natalie Michaud and Baylie Christensen both played beyond their years on defense, giving our short roster some much-needed rotation,” said head coach Harry Besett.

McKenna Smith scored the game winner late in the second for Oxbow as they clipped the Lady Cats on the road on Friday, 1-0. In a defensive struggle, McKenna found a loose ball come to her feet off a corner kick with twenty minutes left in the second half and she buried it unassisted. Alleigh Gabaree made 17 stops for Hazen and Makenna Simmons made six saves for Oxbow as they improved to 2-2.

“It was a back-and-forth match with both sides having chances and they got some luck to get the win. The girls responded well and had several chances to find the equalizer, but we just weren’t able to beat their keeper. The girls battled hard and were exhausted at the end,” said Besett.

Hazen traveled to Danville on Tuesday and is scheduled to host Winooski on Friday.

photo by Vanessa Fournier
The Hazen Union varsity girls team wear their new warmups as they head for a game on Hudson Field. Pictured (from left): Sarah Collier, Maverick Murphy, Emma Badore, Natalie Michaud, Alexis Christensen, Baylie Christensen and Gabriela Stanciu.