by Ken Brown
PLAINFIELD – Sophomores Meles Gouge and Brody Moran combined for six goals last weekend to lead the Twinfield/Cabot boys’ soccer team to a decisive win over crosstown rival Danville in their season opener.
Gouge found the back of the net four times and Moran added two goals and two assists as the Trojans won their home opener on Saturday, 7-0. Lucas Roberts chipped in with a goal of his own and Neil Alexander made three stops on the day to preserve the shutout. Danville’s Denver Lindstrom made 11 saves in the loss as they fell to 0-1 on the season.
“They are rebuilding with a very young team, but I have a lot of respect for their program and they’ll be a team to be reckoned with in the coming years,” said head coach Peter Stratman. “Meles and Brody did a great job of controlling the middle of the field and although we have some new faces in the backfield, the guys did a really nice job of keeping Danville’s strikers away for the goal,” added Stratman.
The Trojans opened the season without their best defender Alec Moran, who is recovering from injury and, despite playing most of the match without substitutions, were able to dominate possession. Stratman led his program to their first playoff victory in eleven years last fall and with the early offensive flashes of Gouge and Moran, a fully healthy Trojan team by season’s end could lead to a deep playoff run in the Division IV state tournament.
“Meles is just a naturally phenomenal athlete and with Brody’s tactical instincts as a soccer player, I think that chemistry will continue to develop throughout the season. The guys did a really nice job defensively in our first match, but we all miss having Alec back there. He is a game-changing type of player with great leadership skills and hopefully his recovery continues to go well and we can get completely healthy as a team. I’m proud of how the guys kept composed in their first match of the season, we moved the ball well, got everyone involved, and it felt good to get the first win under our belt,” said Stratman.
Twinfield-Cabot is scheduled to travel to Oxbow on Wednesday before hosting Blue Mountain on Saturday afternoon in Cabot.