Lady Chargers Close to Home for Playoffs

by Ken Brown
photo by Vanessa Fournier
Sadie Skorstad (3) of Craftsbury and Twinfield’s Eva Hebert (right) rush to the ball followed by teammates August Howe and Camryn Hoffman (#24) during play Friday in Craftsbury. At left is Charger Rachel Bailey (#2). Twinfield won 2-0.12-

PLAINFIELD – The Craftsbury Academy girls’ soccer team dropped decisions to Twinfield/Cabot and Blue Mountain to wrap up their regular season at 1-7, but will not have to travel far this coming week in the Division 4 playoffs.

Nicole Gouge and Kayla Green each scored a goal to lead Twinfield/Cabot to a 2-0 road win over Craftsbury last Tuesday. Delaney Fowler made 12 saves to earn the shutout as the Lady Trojans won their third straight. Ashley Princ made 11 stops for Craftsbury in the loss.

“I thought we were pretty evenly matched, we just struggled to put the ball in the back of the net. Their keeper and backs did a great job of shutting down some breakaway chances that Ida Ames and Sadie Skorstad had,” said head coach Tom Silva.

The offense struggled to get going again on Thursday as the Lady Chargers fell 2-0 at home to Blue Mountain. Blue Mountain edged Craftsbury in the shot battle 12-10, with Princ making 9 saves on the day for the Lady Chargers. Blue Mountain finished up the regular season at 5-3.

“They are a very good team and that was a great effort by the girls. I can’t tell you how many coaches have marveled how much this group has improved from a year ago. We got our second wind after they went up a couple goals and we put a lot of pressure on their defense down the stretch. The girls have put in a lot of work and are in great condition and they are pretty psyched to be playing so close to home for the playoffs. We’ll take a couple days to heal up a little and hopefully we can continue to play solid defense and take advantage of our counter opportunities when we get them. We expect to be competitive and hopefully we’ll surprise some people,” said Silva.

Craftsbury will travel to second-seeded Danville on Wednesday to open the first round of the playoffs and if they pull the upset, would face the winner of the Twinfield/Long Trail matchup on Saturday afternoon.