by Ken Brown
WELLS RIVER – The Hazen Union girls’ soccer team dropped a heartbreaker to Blue Mountain earlier in the week before struggling in a mismatch with Division III BFA-Fairfax to fall to 0-3 on the season.
Jordan Alley scored unassisted for her third goal of the match early in the first overtime to lead Blue Mountain to a 3-2 home win over the Lady Cats last Tuesday. Alley found the back of the net five minutes into the first half off a pass from Karli Blood to make it 1-0. Sophomore Tessa Luther buried a feed from Caitlyn Davison five minutes later to even the match. Alley struck again late in the second half before Alexis Christensen sent the game into overtime unassisted with two and a half minutes left in regulation. Freshman Madeline Kaiser was brilliant in the loss, making 25 saves on the day. Emma Gray stopped nine shots in the win as the Lady Bucks improved to 2-1 on the season.
“They are a very strong and deep team and dominated possession, but the girls fought their way back in the match and our defense did a great job of giving us a chance to counterattack,” said head coach Harry Besett. “Tessa has really come into her own as a sophomore, she has great composure, makes great runs and finishes, and her work ethic makes her extremely coachable,” added Besett.
BFA-Fairfax continued their early domination of the 2021 season with an 8-0 blanking of the Lady Cats at home on Saturday. They sit atop the Division III standings after beating Vergennes and Hazen Union by a combined score of 14-1 and appear to be poised for a deep playoff run in October.
“We are just a smaller, young team compared to their roster and they are an excellent Division III program. Our lack of depth has hurt us so far, but I’m proud of how the girls continued to work hard in the second half and never gave up. I think we’ll add depth as we get into the meat of our schedule, and we’ll continue to settle into our assignments and get into a rhythm. I’m very optimistic with the young talent we have on this team, and we’ll continue to build into the strong and competitive squad that we want to be by season’s end,” said Besett.
Hazen Union hosted Peoples Academy on Monday and will be off the rest of the week before welcoming Enosburg to town next Tuesday.