by Ken Brown
CRAFTSBURY – The Twinfield-Cabot boys’ soccer team remained a perfect 6-0 within the division last week with wins over Craftsbury Academy (CA) and Richford, before dropping a hard-fought contest to Division III power Winooski over the weekend, putting their record at 6-2 on the season.
Brody Moran and eighth grader Sam McLane each found the back of the net in the second half to lead the Trojans over CA on the road last Monday 2-0. Jas Zendik was solid in net for the Chargers once again, making 10 stops in the loss. Neil Alexander made two saves to help the Trojan defense earn their third shutout of the season.
“We controlled possession and won the shot battle, but their tactics defensively were very effective and their keeper plays with a lot confidence. It was a good win on the road and they are building a good culture and cohesive program over at Craftsbury,” said head coach Peter Stratman.
Meles Gouge converted a penalty kick in overtime for his second score of the game to lead Twinfield/Cabot to a 3-2 home win over Richford last Wednesday. Aske Greve gave the Rockets a 1-0 lead sixty seconds into the match, but Brody Moran would find the equalizer seven minutes later. Gouge gave the Trojans a 2-1 lead eight minutes later that they would take into the break. Greve evened the match at 2-2 twelve minutes into the second half and the two teams would battle even the rest of the way, setting up Gouge’s heroics in overtime. Neil Alexander made three stops for Twinfield/Cabot and Richford’s defense recorded 10 saves in the loss as they fell to 4-7 on the season.
“Their kids play very hard and they caught us flat-footed to start the match. That can be demoralizing to a team to give up a quick one like that, but the boys responded quickly. The boys did a great job of creating a lot scoring opportunities, but we had trouble finishing and we allowed them to hang around in the match. Fortunately, it didn’t come back to bite us in the end and it felt great to secure the win,” said Stratman.
Janvier Mufaume, Usufu Mami, and Heritier Mampuya led a balanced attack for Winooski as they secured a hard-fought 3-1 home win over the Trojans on Saturday. Meles Gouge made it 2-1 early in the second half, but the Spartan defense would stiffen the rest of way for their seventh straight win.
“I was proud of the boys for how they competed against a very good soccer team,” said Stratman. “They are so consistent, but we played them very even for a lot of the match and, overall, we feel very good about traveling to a tough program like that and performing and executing well. Both sides played very hard, but showed great respect for one another with sportsmanship, while having fun playing the game at the same time. Seeing matches like that makes me proud to coach these kids,” added Stratman.
The Trojans welcomed Oxbow to town on Tuesday and are scheduled to travel to Blue Mountain on Friday.