by Ken Brown
WINOOSKI – The Craftsbury Academy girls’ soccer team played a home and home with Winooski last week, earning a split and their first win of the season, improving to 1-4.
Penny Ly scored two goals and Ruby Ly added another late to propel Winooski past Craftsbury 3-1 at home last Monday. Anna Phelps assisted Sadie Skorstad to make it 2-1 at the break, but the Lady Spartans added an insurance goal late in regulation as Craftsbury pushed numbers forward looking for the equalizer. Ashley Princ made nine saves for the Lady Chargers and Kiara Mack made eight stops for Winooski in the win.
Craftsbury got revenge on Friday behind a Maggi Royer game winner in double overtime, clipping Winooski at home, 3-2. Skorstad scored two more goals for Craftsbury and Phelps continued her strong play, assisting Royer on the game winner. Princ and Ella Gillespie combined for 14 saves, with Gillespie making a match-saving stop in the first overtime on a breakaway. Mack made 12 stops for Winooski as they fell to 1-3.
“They have a very strong goalie and the girls made a great adjustment of shooting low on her in the second match and it paid off. Sadie is a talented freshman and a great defender, but she’s so athletic that we need her on the offense end and she’s getting better every match. Ella played fantastic in the second half and her and the defense were a big reason we earned the win. I’m excited for the girls, they’ve played well all season and it was nice to see it pay off with a win. We are starting to get in really good soccer shape and we have a great opportunity to finish strong and improve our seeding for the playoffs. This group is still so new to the sport and it is fun to watch them develop and get better with every game situation,” said head coach Tom Silva.
The Lady Chargers will travel to Rivendell Academy on Wednesday before hosting Twinfield/Cabot on Senior Day Friday afternoon.