by Ken Brown
PLAINFIELD – The Twinfield/Cabot boys’ soccer team split matches with Blue Mountain and Christ Covenant last week, improving to 5-2 on the season.
Jacob Dube snuck through the Trojan defense for a breakaway goal to give Blue Mountain a hard fought 3-2 road win in double overtime last Tuesday. Cameron Dennis gave the Bucks a 1-0 lead four minutes into the match, but Lucas Roberts and Meles Gouge would answer late in the second half to give the Trojans a 2-1 advantage. Colin Punderson broke through with a minute left in regulation to find the equalizer, setting up Dube’s heroics in the second overtime. Neil Alexander made seven saves for Twinfield/Cabot and Evan Dennis made 12 stops for the Bucks as they improved to 3-4.
“It was a back and forth match in regulation and overtime and both teams had plenty of chances to take control of the match. We had a couple of defensive miscues, but we did a good job of fighting back for the equalizer. We just couldn’t find a way to hold the lead late,” said head coach Peter Stratman.
T.J. Bernatchy scored the game winner early in the second half and the Trojan defense stiffened to blank Christ Covenant 4-0 at home on Thursday. Gavin Fowler, Meles Gouge, and Henry LoRe would add insurance goals and Rowan Cleary made five stops to earn the shutout. Connor Phoenix made 12 saves for the Saints in the loss as they fell to 3-2 on the season.
“We’ve had a lot of trouble lately finishing scoring chances and that can affect a team’s confidence, so it was great to get that weight off our backs. We had some good scoring opportunities early, but their keeper made some key stops. TJ’s hustle created the first goal and once we saw the ball go in the back of the net I think the boys relaxed a little and started to dominate possession with some exciting passing sequences,” said Stratman.
The Trojans hosted Craftsbury Academy on Tuesday and is scheduled for a home matchup with Winooski on Thursday to wrap up the regular season.