by Ken Brown
ENOSBURG – The Craftsbury Academy (CA) boys’ soccer team had a tough ask last week in traveling to Division III powerhouse Enosburg as the Hornets blanked the Chargers, dropping them to 0-2 on the season.
Levi Webb scored a hattrick and added an assist as Enosburg stayed perfect on the season with a dominant 7-0 home win over the Chargers last Thursday. Shea Howrigan, Ian Ross, Danny Antillon, and Foster Hutchins led a balanced scoring attack with a goal apiece and Jake Boucher, Peter Steibris, and Blair Archambault combined for four assists in the win.
“They start nine seniors and two juniors with seven substitutes and they are a really good Division III team. We lost the match, but each and every one of our players gave everything they could. Dylan Washer and Cole VanWinkle and our entire back end were swamped by eight rushing offensive players who were bigger and stronger, and our defense showed and incredible amount of effort and bravery all match. Dalton Gravel and Grayson VanWinkle and our entire midfield were outnumbered and overrun, but they battled valiantly, and I was so pleased with all of the boys’ effort,” said head coach Sam Jay.
Enosburg has also beaten two Division II opponents this season on their way to a 3-0 record and have outscored their opposition by a combined score of 18-0. They made it to the Division III Final Four last season and look to be on their way back there this fall as they sit atop of their division. CA’s Jas Zendik return to net has been a bright spot for Jay’s young squad and was stellar again in defeat, earning the praise of the opposition and their coaches.
“Jas was incredible again making save after save with relentless pressure on our defense. Enosburg’s players were in awe at times and their coaches wanted to know more about him after the match and if he’s going to continue to play after high school,” added Jay.
The Chargers returned to divisional play this week as they hosted Blue Mountain on Tuesday and will travel to Danville on Saturday afternoon.