Lady Trojans Earn Home Playoff Berth

by Ken Brown

PLAINFIELD – The Twinfield/Cabot girls’ soccer team split matches with Craftsbury and Peoples Academy last week, improving to 3-4 on the season and securing a home playoff game for the first time since 2011.

photo by Vanessa Fournier
Twinfield’s August Howe (right) passes the ball as Ava Purdy (left) of Craftsbury blocks the play during action Oct. 20 at Twinfield. The Trojans won 2-0.

Team captains Kayla Green and Nicole Gouge supplied the scoring for the Lady Trojans as they blanked Craftsbury on the road last Tuesday, 2-0. Delaney Fowler was solid again, making 12 stops to secure the shutout. Gouge’s score was her team-leading third of the season and the third straight win for the Lady Trojans.

“They are an up and coming team with some really good athletes that have a lot of potential. It was great to get the win, but we definitely could have moved the ball better. We need to continue to keep working at being organized, keeping everyone on the same game plan, and play the style of soccer that we know we can play,” said head coach Seth Wilmott.

The Lady Trojans went out of division on Friday and battled Peoples Academy, before ultimately falling on the road, 3-0. Freshman Cameron Hoffman and sophomore Ginger Klarich worked in tandem in the backfield with Eva Hebert and Fowler to hold the Lady Wolves to one goal in the first half. Ayden Paige and freshman Alice McLain were also stout in the midfield, shutting down countless combinations by Peoples. Delaney Fowler made 17 stops in the loss as P.A. improved to 2-7 on the season.

“We lost to that same team 7-0 last year and I was so happy with girls’ effort in this match. They basically got their scores on a couple rebounds and a deflection and we were able to pressure them as well, so you can’t be mad about a loss like that. The girls are very excited about hosting a playoff game and winning three straight matches for the first time as a group. We’ll get back to business as usual this week as we get ready and losses like this should prepare us for the competition that we’re going to face this week,” said Wilmott.

Twinfield/Cabot secured the sixth seed in the Division 4 playoffs and will host #10 Long Trail on Wednesday in the first round. If they advance, they will play the winner of the Danville/Craftsbury matchup on Saturday.