Trojans Roll to Third Straight Win

by Ken Brown
photo by Vanessa Fournier | Henry Sipples (left) of St. Johnsbury and Thor Magnus (right) of Peacham are ready to start the 8th Annual Cabot Ride the Ridges 60K (36 miles) ride Sunday. The ride includes 5,000 feet of elevation gain.

BRADFORD – The Twinfield-Cabot boys’ soccer team blanked Oxbow on the road and edged Blue Mountain at home last week to stay perfect on the season at 3-0. 

Meles Gouge and Brody Moran each recorded a hat-trick to lead the Trojans to a dominant 8-0 road win over Oxbow last Wednesday. Lucas Roberts added a beautiful back post header off a cross from Gouge and Liam Lyman-Leas chipped in with his first goal of the season. Twinfield-Cabot’s defense was outstanding in holding the Olympians to just a handful of shots and Neil Alexander denied two Oxbow breakaways to record his second straight shutout.

“The boys’ play in the back was excellent and Neil made a couple of impressive stops to keep our momentum going. Offensively, we did a good job of controlling possession and we manufactured many quality scoring chances and finished,” said head coach Peter Stratman.

photo by Vanessa Fournier | Meles Gouge (left) of Twinfield/Cabot sets to drive the ball toward goal past Blue Mountain’s John Dennis Saturday at Cabot. Twinfield/Cabot won 3-2.

Meles Gouge buried a feed from Lucas Roberts late in the second half to complete a 3-2 comeback win at home over Blue Mountain on Saturday. Cooper Bernatchy finished off a corner kick from Gouge seven minutes into the match to give the Trojans an early 1-0 lead. Kasan Blood converted a header three minutes later to give the Bucks the equalizer and Kristofer Fennimore beat Alexander on another header midway through the first half for a 2-1 advantage. Alec Moran returned from an early season injury for Twinfield-Cabot and evened the match at 2-2 off a blast midway through the second half (eighth- grader Eli Russel assisted), setting up Gouge’s heroics for his eighth goal of the season in just three matches. Neil Alexander made five stops for the Trojans in the win.

“We were missing a couple of starters and pulled up three eighth-graders for the match and they fit in beautifully, played awesome, and worked hard to help the team with some much-needed depth. Blue Mountain is fast, aggressive, and physical and we just were not as sharp as we were in our first two matches. The boys put together several impressive scoring opportunities in the first half, but we had trouble finding the back of the net. The second half was mostly back and forth, but we capitalized on our opportunities and gutted out a nice win and Neil was awesome again in net for us,” said Stratman.

Twinfield-Cabot will get some much-needed rest this week before hosting Christ Covenant at Plainfield on Friday.

photo by Doug McClure | Twinfield-Cabot’s Brody Moran challenges Blue Mountain’s Cedric Schaefer as Alec Moran (#15), Cooper Bernatchy (#14), and goalie Neil Alexander look on. The other Blue Mountain player (#11) is Kirstofer Fennimore.