by Ken Brown
PLAINFIELD – The Twinfield-Cabot girls’ soccer team evened their record at 4-4 on the season last week with a pair of hard-fought wins over Blue Mountain and Winooski.
Senior captain Eva Hebert scored the game-winner with three minutes left in regulation to lead the Lady Trojans to a 3-2 home win over Blue Mountain last Wednesday. Sophomore captain Alice McLane scored twice for Twinfield-Cabot as they avenged a narrow 2-1 loss to the Lady Bucks earlier in the season. Ida Astick continued her solid play in net for Twinfield-Cabot, making four saves on the day. Jordan Alley scored twice for the Lady Bucks and Emma Gray made four stops in the loss as they fell to 3-4 on the season.
“It was a hard-fought match from both sides and it was super close and competitive until the end. They came out really strong and were all over us the first twenty minutes, but we came into our own at the end of the first half and we came out like a different team after the break. I’m very proud of the girls and how they have all been developing and adapting all season to the new level of competition on our schedule,” said head coach Seth Wilmott.
Annie Dunlop and Eva Hebert scored a goal apiece to lead Twinfield-Cabot to a 2-0 road win over Winooski over the weekend. Ida Astick made three saves on the day to earn her third shutout of the season. The Lady Spartans were outshot 18-16 and their defense stopped 16 shots in the loss as they fell to 1-6. The Twinfield-Cabot girls’ soccer program has not posted a winning record since 2011 and their fourth win on Sunday surpasses their highest win total in that same span. Wilmott took over a program on life support five years ago and has shown steady progress and growing numbers each season since.
“We have a very talented and driven team and I’m really happy with the level of soccer the girls have been playing recently. They’ve bought into the style and they’re learning how the game of soccer can flow and how they are able to control it. We still have times where we lose focus or try to do too much, but we need to keep working at improving and, overall, it’s great to see the girls gain confidence with each match. I think we’ve surprised some of these new teams that we’ve faced this season and I look forward to see where we will be as a team by the end of the season,” said Wilmott.
The Lady Trojans will look to keep it going this week as they hosted Oxbow on Tuesday and will travel to Craftsbury Academy on Friday.