Trojans Soccer Look to Take Next Step

by Ken Brown

DANVILLE – The Twinfield/Cabot boys’ soccer team had another strong week, with wins over Danville and Craftsbury Academy before falling to Division 3 power Winooski to end their regular season at an impressive 7-3.

photo by Vanessa Fournier
Grayson VanWinkle (left) of Craftsbury and Twinfield’s Keenan Wallace (#26) fight for control of the ball during a game held at Twinfield Oct. 20. At right is Silas Hunt of Craftsbury. The Trojans beat the Chargers 4-0.

Henry LoRe scored a goal in each half to power the Trojans to a huge 4-0 road win over Danville last Monday. Meles Gouge added a goal and freshman Neil Alexander earned the shutout in net. Jacob LeClair made 12 stops for the Indians in the loss as they fell to 1-6-1 on the season.

“I was so proud of how the boys played and how well they moved the ball all match. We stayed disciplined defensively and didn’t allow a shot on goal. Our midfielders did a great job of dominating possession for most of the match and it was just a great team effort,” said head coach Peter Stratman.

Meles Gouge added two more goals to his team-leading tally on Tuesday to lead Twinfield/Cabot to a 4-0 home win over the Chargers. Silas Roberts and Lucas Roberts also found the back of the net and Brody Moran recorded an assist in the win. Neil Alexander earned his sixth shutout of the season with four saves. Craftsbury keeper Dylan Washer made 16 stops in the loss.

“Neil is becoming more aggressive in the box and I’m so impressed with how he’s developed this season. Our defense played really well again, and it was good to get the win. Tyler Blais is doing a really nice job with a very young team and they play hard for eighty minutes,” said Stratman.

Blais is developing one of his youngest teams in Craftsbury, whose team was decimated by early graduation and transfers before the season even started. Logan Lanphere is the lone senior on the squad and has provided some much-needed leadership for up-and-coming stars Dylan Washer and Silas Hunt. The Chargers are still looking for their first win of the season as they will traveled to third seeded Proctor on Tuesday in the first round of the Division 4 playoffs.

“Logan has been a solid defender for us this season and has kept an extremely positive attitude in his leadership style this year. Overall, the kids have stayed upbeat, had fun, and improved every match, and that is all that you can ask for as a coach,” said Blais.

The Trojans fell to Winooski 2-0 at home on Thursday to end the regular season. They gave the Spartans all they could handle, considering they have outscored their opponents 46-15 on the season. Stratman and his squad broke an 11-year hiatus from hosting a home playoff game last season, but were upset in the first round by Craftsbury Academy. They started a new streak on Tuesday as they hosted #11 seed Richford in the first round of the Division 4 playoffs. If successful, they will play the winner of Proctor/Craftsbury on Friday in the quarterfinals.