by Ken Brown
RICHFORD – Following a narrow loss to Richford earlier in the week, the Craftsbury Academy girls’ soccer team blanked Winooski on the road to sweep the season series, improving to 2-3 on the season.
Richford fought off a valiant comeback effort by the Lady Chargers last Wednesday to escape with a 4-2 home win. Down 2-0 at the break, Ida Eames converted on a pass from Sadie Skorstad minutes into the second half to make it 2-1 and then evened the match with an unassisted effort fifteen minutes later. The Lady Falcons would score the game winner with five minutes left in regulation on a floating cross that found the upper corner of the net. Rachel Bailey made 12 stops in the loss as Richford improved to 3-1 on the season.
“We are really struggling to get going in matches as of late, but the girls did a good job of overcoming adversity and fought back to even the match. We created so many chances in the second half, but we were just a little off the mark with our finishes. Our defense played pretty well for the most part and their game winner was one of those fluke things that Rachel couldn’t do much about,” said head coach Tom Silva.
Sadie Skorstad scored twice and Bailey continued her stellar play in net on Saturday as Craftsbury blanked Winooski 3-0 on the road.
Skorstad opened the scoring ten minutes into the second half with a left-footed shot from the eighteen-yard line that found the upper corner. She made it 2-0 five minutes later with a similar shot with the opposite foot and Ida Eames added an insurance goal minutes later with a great individual effort. Bailey made nine stops on the day to earn her first career varsity shutout.
“The girls came out and dominated the first half, but Winooski’s defense denied everything we threw at them. We’ve adopted ‘Tenacious’ as our battle cry and the girls really showed it in the second half. They never give up and keep fighting and that effort paid off with some great goals by Sadie and Ida. They have twelve goals on the season between and them and they’re only going to get better. Rachel has been unbelievable this season and she finally got a well-deserved shutout. We’re excited for the challenges ahead and we’re going to continue to work and keep fine tuning what we need to do as a team,” said Silva.
Craftsbury hosted Oxbow on Tuesday and is scheduled to travel to Burke Mountain Academy for a Saturday afternoon match.