Bucks Sink Chargers with Second Half Surge

by Ken Brown

CRAFTSBURY – Blue Mountain sank the Craftsbury Academy (CA) boys’ soccer team’s chance at their first win of the season last week, erasing a halftime deficit with an eight-goal explosion in the second half.

Evan Dennis and Jacob Duby led a balanced attack with two goals apiece as the Bucks ran past the Chargers on the road last Tuesday, 9-2. Cole VanWinkle broke through Blue Mountain’s defense twice early in the first half to give CA its first lead of the season at 2-0. Craftsbury had a chance to extend the lead on two occasions when breakaways by VanWinkle and Owen Skorstad hit the post instead of the back of the net. John Dennis closed the gap to 2-1 for Blue Mountain right before the half when he converted on a free kick.

“The boys scored two great goals and hit the frame twice in the first half. It was the start that we had been working towards and it was a great feeling going up 2-0. Cole really stepped up and showed determination, strength, and composure with two incredible efforts. The boys did a nice job in the first half of keeping the defense tight and giving ourselves an attacking option in the final third to give ourselves some nice scoring chances,” said head coach Sam Jay.

The flood gates opened for the Bucks in the second half as Kason Blood, Cameron Roy, Gavin Longmoore, and Kristofer Fennimore joined Dennis and Duby on the scorer’s sheet to break the match open. Jas Zendik and Dylan Washer combined to make 13 saves for the Chargers. Blue Mountain improved to 1-2 on the season with the win. 

“This game can definitely put you through a roller coaster of emotions and unfortunately our second half performance showed us how much work there still is to be done for us to compete in this league. We’ve put some really good halves together and I like how the boys continue to fight. We will continue to work hard and prepare towards putting together a full eighty-minute match,” said Jay.

Craftsbury’s match against Danville on Saturday was postponed. This week they hosted Oxbow on Tuesday and will travel to Oxbow on Friday to complete the home and home series.