Shorthanded Craftsbury Girls Lose Twice

by Ken Brown
photo by Vanessa Fournier | Lady Charger Amelia Eagan (#7) looks to pass the ball around Danville’s Sloane Morse (#11) in Craftsbury Wednesday. Danville won 4-2.

CRAFTSBURY – The Craftsbury Academy (CA) girls’ soccer team fought injuries last week in dropping hard-fought matches to Danville and Richford, falling to 2-7 on the season.

Danville came back from a one-goal deficit to beat the Lady Chargers on the road last Wednesday, 4-2. Ida Eames fed Amelia Eagan midway through the first half, but Danville answered with a pair of goals to make it 2-1 at the break. They scored their third unanswered goal to start the second half before Eames converted a penalty kick to pull Craftsbury within one score. Eames hit the post three times in the second half as she tried to find the equalizer, but it wasn’t to be and Danville tacked on an insurance goal late, improving to 3-5 on the season. Sophomore Rachel Bailey was solid in net, making 12 stops in the loss.

photo by Vanessa Fournier | Craftsbury Sophomore Sophia Augsberger (right) dribbles around Danville’s Hazel Abetti (left) on Dustan Field September 29.

“We were down a couple key defenders and that can make all the difference in a small school program, but the girls came out and played their best match in three years,” said head coach Tom Silva. “It was back and forth with non-stop pressure in the second half. Ida came within inches so many times of changing the outcome of the match and the effort from our offense and defense was amazing. We still have some mistakes to clean up, but the emotion and effort the girls played with is a real turning point for us this season,” added Silva.

Richford jumped on the Lady Chargers early with four first half goals on Saturday on their way to a 4-1 road win. Kyrielle Deuso, Ollie Hatch, Carly Archambault, and Ella Chagnon led a balanced scoring attack for Richford as they improved to 4-3 on the season. Ida Eames converted a penalty kick for Craftsbury in the second half to end the scoring on the day. Maggie Royer, Felicia Flint, Eagan, and Eames were all honored on Senior Day. 

“It was a rainy day, but a great atmosphere and the girls came out and dominated play the first fifteen minutes. Unfortunately, we set the tone with giving them a soft goal early and it was all downhill the rest of the first half. The girls gave a great effort in the second half without any subs and created some really nice scoring chances. We hope to get healthy this coming week, keep improving, and look to be playing our best soccer by the end of the season,” said Silva.

The Lady Chargers traveled to Missisquoi on Monday and will host Twinfield-Cabot on Friday.