Heartbreaker for Lady Cats at Oxbow

by Ken Brown

HARDWICK – The Hazen Union girls’ soccer team dropped decisions to Enosburg and Oxbow last week, falling to 0-6 on the season.

Dana Elkins recorded a hat trick to lead Enosburg to a dominant 6-0 road win over the Lady Cats last Tuesday. Gabby Spaulding added two goals and Emily Adams chipped in with a goal and two assists as they cruised to their fourth straight win. Madeline Kaiser made seven saves in the loss for Hazen and Zoe McGee stopped six shots to earn the shutout for the Lady Hornets. After dropping their first three matches of the season, Enosburg has outscored their opposition 16-6 during their current win streak. 

“We showed our youth against Enosburg, giving up three goals in each half. We had a tight match earlier in the season with Oxbow and look forward to the opportunity of getting our first win of the season later in the week,” said head coach Harry Besett.

Oxbow converted off of a corner kick with thirty seconds left in double overtime to survive Hazen Union at home on Friday, 2-1. Gabby Stanciu gave the Lady Cats an early 1-0 lead with a great volley inside the box. Oxbow converted a penalty kick just before halftime and the Lady Olympian defense turned away every chance for a Hazen Union victory the rest of the way. Madeline Kaiser had a strong effort with 14 saves in the loss. The Oxbow defense turned away 10 shots on the day as they swept the season series in two tight matches, improving to 4-2 on the year. 

“The ladies played their hearts out the entire match and controlled most of it through some great passing through the middle of the pitch and good technical ability on the outside. We had multiple chances, but they made some nice stops down the stretch. Despite the loss, the girls should be very proud of their best team performance of the season,” said Besett.

Hazen Union is scheduled to host BFA-Fairfax on Wednesday before traveling to Danville on Saturday afternoon.