Wildcats Roll to Two More Capital Wins

by Ken Brown
photo by Vanessa Fournier | Hazen Sophomore Gabe Michaud (#13) and Henry Rosalbo (#10) run the ball up Hudson Field last Tuesday. The Wildcats beat the Ghosts 4-0.

HARDWICK – The Hazen Union boys’ soccer team have won three of their last four matches after sweeping Randolph and Lamoille last week, evening their record at 4-4 on the season.

Tyson Davison led a balanced scoring attack with a goal and an assist as the Wildcats blanked Randolph at home last Tuesday, 4-0. Jadon Baker, Reed Kehler, and Gabe Michaud added a goal apiece and Cody Trudeau chipped in with an assist in the win. Davison scored the eventual game winner seven and a half minutes into the match to make it 1-0 Hazen Union after hitting the post just moments before.

photo by Vanessa Fournier | Hazen Junior Jadon Baker (right) controls the ball while guarded by Randolph’s Henry Rosalbo during play on Hudson Field September 28

Michaud made it 2-0 just under ten minutes into the second half on a beautiful header that beat Randolph goalie Michael Grout. Kehler made it 3-0 using his left foot to loft it over Grout from twenty yards out with three minutes left in regulation and Baker ended the scoring on the day with under a minute left in the match. Grout made 10 stops on the day for the Galloping Ghosts in the loss as they fell to 3-5 on the season. Tyler Rivard neutralized Randolph’s corner kicks by taking the ball high out of the air and made eight solid stops on the day to earn his first varsity shutout. 

The Wildcats kept it rolling on Friday behind a goal apiece from Tyson Davison and Jadon Baker to down Lamoille on the road, 2-1. Reed Kehler assisted on Davison’s score and Rivard and the Hazen Union defense was stellar again, making eight stops on the day. Bryce Asper scored the Lancers’ lone goal and Hayden Cheever made 10 stops in the loss as Lamoille remained winless at 0-8.

“Our recent wins against Thetford, Randolph, and Lamoille have really given the team an increased sense of place in the Capital Division,” said head coach Allison Paradee. “These wins, along with the awareness that they fought hard and played well in our other four losses is building the team’s momentum in this transitional year. Our players are playing so much more technical than they were at the beginning of the season and I think we have some of those tough losses to thank for the building of that skill,” added Paradee.

The Wildcats will look to keep it rolling as they hosted Paine Mountain (Northfield-Williamstown) on Monday and are scheduled to travel to Spaulding High School on Saturday.