by Ken Brown
PLAINFIELD – The Twinfield/Cabot girls’ soccer team couldn’t hold a late lead to a playoff-tested Long Trail School team last week in what was their first home playoff game in almost ten years for the ascending program.
Long Trail rallied from a two-goal deficit last Wednesday to beat the Lady Trojans, 3-2, on the road in the first round of the Division IV playoffs. Eva Hebert continued her strong play, scoring two early first half goals to give Twinfield/Cabot a 2-0 lead. Long Trail scored right before the break and early in the second half to turn the tide and tie the match at 2-2. The game winner would be an own goal off of a Long Trail corner and the Lady Trojans couldn’t answer.
“This was really a great game from both teams. Aside from the last goal, the girls played fantastic. Aydyn Paige and Alice McLane were awesome maintaining control of the middle of the field and our defense did a great job shutting down most of their counter attacks. They are a very experienced team and when they settled into their shape and worked the ball around, they capitalized on their chances when they came,” said head coach Seth Wilmott.
Long Trail outshot the Lady Trojans 18-13, with Delaney Fowler making 13 saves on the day in the loss. Wilmott will lose senior captains Kayla Green and Fowler but will return a talented core with more experience next year ready to take the next step.
“We surprised some teams this year for sure, but I’ve always said that this group of girls have unbelievable potential. I’m excited where the program is heading and where we will be in the coming years,” said Wilmott.
Long Trail’s bid to make the Final Four for the fourth time in five seasons ended on Saturday with a loss to second-seeded Danville in the quarterfinals.