by Ken Brown
PLAINFIELD – On the heels of hosting their first playoff game in nine years, the Twinfield-Cabot girls’ soccer team return big numbers this fall in head coach Seth Wilmott’s fifth season at the helm.
Wilmott took over a Lady Trojan soccer program in 2017 that was struggling with participation numbers and had tallied just two wins in three years, but the tide began to turn last season with a 3-5 record and a heartbreaking loss in the first round to perennial power Long Trail. With 19 girls coming out for the team this fall and a talented returning core, Wilmott’s program is on the rise.
“We graduated two senior captains in Kayla Green and Delaney Fowler, but we’ve had an amazing turnout early on with most everyone back from last year’s team. Mastery of fundamentals is still a key for this program to progress, but we are definitely in a different place as far as technical ability than we were a few years ago. Our numbers will give us depth and some fresh legs we haven’t had in the past and tactically we are going to be able to go further into teaching the style of soccer I envision us being able to play. Collectively we are going to be a stronger team back to front,” said Wilmott.
Senior scoring leaders Eva Hebert and Nicole Gouge return for the Lady Trojans and will provide leadership to a young and talented squad. Fowler will be sorely missed in net on the defensive end in a season that will see Twinfield-Cabot join the newly-configured and challenging Mountain League.
“We are still figuring out the goalkeeper position. We have some really good athletic options to try and replace Delaney, but it takes a special person to sit back there and be the last defense. It’s going to be a much different schedule this year with some teams we haven’t seen before, but that can work both ways. We have a lot more girls playing now in the off-season and it’s great to see them buy into the program. The large numbers we have give us so many more options to run game-like situations in practice and the girls are pushing each other as much as I push them. There is a lot of untapped potential on this team, it’s a great group of girls, and we are excited for the challenges of the season,” added Wilmott.
Twinfield-Cabot will open the season on the road against Blue Mountain on Saturday.