by Ken Brown
CRAFTSBURY – The Craftsbury Academy (CA) girls’ soccer team ran away from Winooski in the second half before falling to Twinfield-Cabot later in the week to improve to 1-2 on the season.
Ida Eames scored twice and assisted on another to lead the Lady Chargers past Winooski 4-1 at home last Tuesday. Sadie Skorstad buried a feed from Eames twenty-five minutes into the first half to give CA the early lead before the Lady Spartans found the equalizer just before halftime. Maggie Royer fed Eames midway through the second half to make it 2-1 and Sophia Augsberger fed Eames again a minute later for a two-goal cushion. Amelia Eagan found the back of the net unassisted with ten minutes left to leave no doubt in the outcome. Rachel Bailey made 10 stops for CA in the win.
“We had some really good practices after a Stowe match that could’ve really gotten the girls down, but they came out with a lot of energy and set the tone early. We were pretty evenly matched, but the girls’ kept the pressure on in the second half and created and finished some nice scoring chances. It felt great to see the girls’ get their first win of the season,” said head coach Tom Silva.
Nicole Gouge, Aiden Paige, and Alice McLaine all found the back of the net for Twinfield/Cabot as they blanked the Lady Chargers at home on Friday, 3-0. Ida Astick made six saves in her varsity debut to earn the shutout as the Lady Trojans improved to 1-2 on the season. Rachel Bailey was solid again in net for CA making 12 stops in the loss.
“Unfortunately, we had some bus issues and arrived to the match later than planned and the girls didn’t have the same routine they are used to and we just came out flat in the first half. Our effort in the second half was much better and we created some nice chances, but their defense really stepped up and turned away some good opportunities. They are an extremely physical team and I’m proud of how our girls kept their composure, conducted themselves with pride, and fought until the end,” said Silva.
The Craftsbury youth soccer program kicked off this week, drawing over 70 children from the first grade to the junior high level into the game of soccer. New fields were built in the last few months and Silva is optimistic the program will serve CA’s varsity soccer programs well for years to come.
“We were floored to see how many kids signed up and we’re excited to see where the youth program goes. It’s taken a lot of work from a lot of people, but this community supports soccer really well and I think the future is bright,” said Silva.
The Lady Chargers travel to Richford on Wednesday and will stay on the road to face Winooski on Saturday afternoon.