Lady Wolves Blank Hazen Girls

by Ken Brown
photo by Vanessa Fournier | Aster Watkevich (#6) of Hazen Union eyes the ball as Lucy Nigro of Peoples Academy makes a play. Looking on (in back) is Onyx Baird of P.A. The Wolves blanked the Wildcats, 5-0, on September 3 in Hardwick.

HARDWICK – The Hazen Union girls’ soccer team struggled to get the offense going against Peoples Academy (PA) last week as they fell to 0-4 on the season.

Sadie Baranyay scored a goal in each half to lead the Lady Wolves to a 5-0 road win over Hazen Union last Monday. Lucy Nigro opened the scoring early in the first half with a shot from forty yards out that bounced high and found the back of the net. Baranyay made it 2-0 fifteen minutes later, burying a feed from Mia Smith with a dominant physical effort. 

photo by Vanessa Fournier | Hazen Union ninth-grader Natalie Michaud (#8) and Lucy Nigro (#25) fight for possession of the ball during action on Hudson Field Monday. At right is Tessa Luther of Hazen Union. Peoples Academy topped Hazen Union 5-0.

“After giving up the first two goals I thought we tightened up the defense and were able to get to halftime without conceding another goal. Their physical play gave them control of the middle third of the field. We misjudged the first goal, but the second was a result of them continuing to dominate physically,” said head coach Harry Besett.

The Lady Cats continued to put forth a solid defense effort past the midway point of the second half, but it wasn’t sustainable as Weslie Carlson broke free unassisted to make it 3-0 and Baranyay put the match out of reach, burying a feed from Anna Isselhardt. An own goal by Hazen capped the scoring on the day to make it 5-0. Freshman Madeline Kaiser made 13 stops on the day for the Lady Cats. Emma Courtemanche recorded three saves on the day to earn the shutout as PA improved to 1-3.

“The girls did a nice job of fighting back to get into the match with some tight passing in the midfield, but their backline thwarted us several times. Late in the second half physical and mental fatigue took over and they collapsed our defense for three more goals. We have eight days to figure out how to bounce back against Enosburg,” said Besett.

Hazen Union hosted a stout Enosburg team on Tuesday and is scheduled to travel to Oxbow for a nonleague match-up on Friday. The Lady Cats were nipped by Oxbow 3-2 in their season opener earlier in the month.