by Ken Brown
PLAINFIELD – The Twinfield-Cabot girls’ soccer team continued to turn heads in Division IV last week, running their win streak to four matches with wins over Oxbow and Craftsbury Academy (CA), improving to 6-4 on the season.
Annie Dunlop and Ruby Wilson each found the back of the net and the defense did the rest as the Lady Trojans blanked Oxbow at home last Tuesday, 2-0. Ida Astick made one stop on the day to earn her second straight shutout. Twinfield-Cabot’s defense, led by senior captain Eva Hebert, Ginger Klarich, Holly Dunlop, Jorja Washburn, and August Howe held the explosive Lady Olympian offense in check all afternoon, limiting them to one shot on the day. Makenna Simmons made six saves for Oxbow in the loss as they fell to 5-4-1 on the season.
“This win tonight felt really good,” said head coach Seth Wilmott. “The girls moved the ball around on the ground really well and it is that style of play that will lead us to more and more scoring chances going forward. Like I said last week, each match the girls keep improving and that is what we are looking for as a coaching staff,” added Wilmott.
The Lady Trojans kept it going behind two more goals from Annie Dunlop on Friday as they came back from a two-goal deficit to down Craftsbury Academy 5-2 on the road. Ruby Wilson scored her second varsity goal in as many matches and Alice McLane and Caroline Mancini also found the back of the net in a torrid final thirty minutes for Twinfield-Cabot. Sophia Mancini made three saves for the Lady Trojans in the win. Ida Eames scored both goals for CA and Rachel Bailey made 12 stops as they fell to 2-9 on the season.
Wilmott took over a Lady Trojan soccer program in 2017 that was in disarray, combining for seven wins over five seasons and missing the Division IV playoffs altogether in 2014-15. Wilmott has the program over .500 in October for the first time in eleven years and has increased participation numbers each year he’s been at the helm.
“We are on a good run and playing very well defensively and starting to show some good things on the offensive side of the ball. We gave Sophia some minutes in goal to give her some experience and confidence. We still have our best soccer ahead of us, so we can’t just be content. We need to keep up the hard work that the girls have been putting in and keep improving at the little things each and every day,” said Wilmott.
Twinfield-Cabot is scheduled to travel to Danville on Wednesday and will stay on the road for a match against Richford on Saturday.