Chargers Battle Rugged Enosburg in Loss

by Ken Brown

CRAFTSBURY – The Craftsbury Academy (CA) boys’ soccer team held their own last week in a respectable loss to Division III power Enosburg, snapping their two-game win streak.

Levi Webb scored twice to lead Enosburg to a 3-0 road win over Craftsbury last Tuesday. Danny Antillon added a goal of his own and Ethan Jackson and Silas Kane combined for four saves to earn their fifth shutout of the season. Enosburg improved to 7-1 on the year and has outscored its opposition 35-5 during that stretch. 

“Enosburg is a tough match-up and we went into the match hoping to defend well and improve on our first performance and the boys did a great job of accomplishing that. I was pleased overall with our defending against them, but Enosburg just presented challenges that we couldn’t overcome and it’s my job to work out ways tactically to get around those problems. We managed admirably for long periods to force them to work hard on the offensive end, but we still have to keep working on improving our basics so we can threaten at the other end of the pitch. We hope to get through a run of tough games in quick succession without injury and keep improving,” said head coach Sam Jay.

Enosburg has been a topic of conversation around the state after allegations arose from their match with Winooski on September 18, that Enosburg players directed racial slurs at Winooski players. The incident is still under investigation and fortunately CA’s match on Tuesday was without incident. 

“I understand that there are a number of inquiries and controversy surrounding their program right now and I don’t believe that had any impact in the result of our match. There is certainly no room in our society or sports for racism or violence and it is all of our responsibility to kick it out of our game and our society,” said Jay. 

The Chargers hosted Twinfield-Cabot on Monday before welcoming Division III power Winooski to town on Wednesday. They close out their week on the road with a match-up against BFA-Fairfax on Saturday.