by Ken Brown
PLAINFIELD – The Twinfield/Cabot boys’ soccer team swept a home and home with Craftsbury Academy and dropped a tight match to Blue Mountain last week, improving to 4-1 on the season.
Brody Moran netted a hat trick to lead the Trojans past the Chargers 7-0 at home last Tuesday. Meles Gouge, Keenan Wallace, Lucas Roberts, and Henry LoRe added a goal apiece and Rowan Cleary and Neil Alexander combined for two saves to earn the shutout.
Sam Russell, Broday Moran, Henry LoRe, and Lucas Roberts all found the back of the net on Saturday as the Trojans blanked Craftsbury on the road 4-0 to sweep the season series. Neil Alexander made six stops to preserve the shutout. The Chargers competed with just 11 players as they fell to 0-5 on the season.
“Tyler Blais does a great job of getting his kids to compete hard from start to finish, especially without any subs. Our guys came out ready to play and we finished off some well-manufactured goals, which was great to see. We are still developing a lot of young players and we have a lot of work to do, but I’m pleased with the chemistry we are starting to build,” said head coach Peter Stratman.
Twinfield/Cabot dropped their first match of the season on the road to Blue Mountain on Thursday, 3-2. Down 3-1 early in the second half, the Trojans flipped a switch, pressing hard for the equalizer, but fell just short. The Bucks improved to 2-2 on the season, evening the season series at 1-1.
“I believe that you always can learn more from a loss and Blue Mountain just came out with more energy than us. The guys made a nice push in the second half, but it was too late. Give them credit, they played like they wanted it more than we did and it’s a good teaching moment. Overall, I’m happy with our start as we develop nine freshman and continue to work on finding our style and identity. This is a group of nice, hardworking guys from two great communities, working together to rebuild and rebrand a program. I’m starting to see this group evolve from last season, talking and treating each other like a collective and one unit, while having fun doing it. In the end we want to have success as we make them better soccer players and hopefully develop some important life skills along the way,” said Stratman.
The Trojans hosted Blue Mountain on Tuesday and is scheduled to host Christ Covenant at Cabot on Thursday. They wrap up their week with a matchup with crosstown rival Danville on the road on Saturday.