Twinfield-Cabot Trojans Stay Undefeated

by Ken Brown

PLAINFIELD – The Twinfield-Cabot boys’ soccer team remained one of the undefeated teams in Division IV last week with a dominant win over Christ Covenant at home.

photo by Vanessa Fournier | Declan O’Connor (#21) of Twinfield/ Cabot traps the ball during play against Christ Covenant Friday.

Alec Moran scored a pair of first-half goals and his brother Brody added two of his own in the second half to power Twinfield-Cabot to a 5-1 home win over Christ Covenant last Friday. The Saints struck first off the foot of Nathan Mulligan midway through the first half before Alec Moran scored the equalizer four minutes later. Moran gave the Trojans the lead with four minutes left in the half and the defense would stiffen the rest of the way.

“They have an athletic team, we started out a little flat, struggled to maintain possession, and they capitalized on that,” said head coach Peter Stratman. “We made some adjustments during the break and the boys relaxed a little more in the second half and did a much better job of dictating tempo and maintaining possession,” added Stratman.

photo by Vanessa Fournier | TJ Bernatchy (#16) of Twinfield/Cabot crosses the ball ahead of Christ Covenant’s Patrick Mulligan (right) during action September 17. Following the play are Rowan Cleary (#17) and Cooper Bernatchy (#14). The Trojans outscored the Saints 5-1.

Brody Moran took over the scoring load in the second half, making it 3-1 thirteen minutes in and providing a three-goal cushion six minutes later. Meles Gouge found the back of the net four minutes later for his team-leading ninth goal of the season. The Trojan offense has been balanced and electric, outscoring their opponents 23-3 on the season. Brody Moran has scored five times in his last three matches, with Alec Moran returning from injury last week to score three times in his first two matches of the season. Neil Alexander made three stops on the day for Twinfield-Cabot and Amos Banta recorded two saves for the Saints in the loss.

“Every match is a learning opportunity. I’m proud of how we adjusted today, particularly since we played most of the match without any substitutions. Neil made two impressive saves to deny them any momentum. He’s playing with a ton of confidence and it’s great to see,” said Stratman. 

The Trojans will look to keep it rolling this week as they travel to Craftsbury Academy on Wednesday and Danville on Saturday. They are scheduled to wrap up the season series with Christ Covenant next Tuesday at home in Cabot. Stratman’s club has dominated within their division so far this season but will enter the meat of their schedule in the rugged Mountain League next Friday when they travel to Division III power Enosburg. The Hornets stand at 4-1 and have outscored their opponents 23-4 on the season.