by Ken Brown
HARDWICK – The Craftsbury Academy (CA) girls’ soccer team beat Hazen Union on the road last week to end their six-game losing streak, but couldn’t keep the momentum going on homecoming weekend against Blue Mountain.
Ida Eames, Sadie Skorstad, and Sophia Augsberger led a balanced attack for the Lady Chargers as they beat Hazen Union 3-1 on the road last Wednesday. Caitlyn Davison gave the Lady Cats an early 1-0 lead, but CA answered with a pair of first-half goals to make it 2-1 at the break. Madeline Kaiser made five saves in the loss and Rachel Bailey stopped 14 shots as CA improved to 3-10 on the season. The match showcased the inaugural OSSU Derby created by Hazen head coach Harry Besett and CA head coach Tom Silva to promote sportsmanship in the game of soccer.
“This was a big win for the girls on the road in what was an exciting, well-played match by both teams,” said Silva. “Ida, Sadie, and Sophia really connected and created and finished some beautiful scoring opportunities. Maggie Royer was exceptional all day in the middle of the field for us and Rachel made some game-changing saves back there. It was great for us to participate in this with Hazen and with Harry and we hope that it helps promote sportsmanship in the game and we look forward to doing it again next year,” added Silva.
Jordan Alley rained on CA’s homecoming weekend with five goals to lead Blue Mountain to a decisive 7-1 road win on Saturday. Kyra Nelson added two goals of her own for the Lady Bucks as they took a 4-1 lead into the break and never looked back. Maggie Royer accounted for the lone Lady Charger score off an Ida Eames corner kick and Rachel Bailey made seven saves in the loss. Emma Gray stopped 11 shots for Blue Mountain as they improved to 5-5 on the season.
“It was disappointing to come off such a big win and come out so flat on Homecoming Weekend. We were down 3-0 before we got our legs underneath us and by the time we started to play better soccer, it was too late. Blue Mountain has been dealing with a lot of issues this season, but they are a well-coached team and really jumped on us with their size and athleticism. We are dealing with some nagging injuries ourselves and hopefully we can get fully healthy this week, improve on playing a full 80 minutes, and start to get ready for the playoffs,” said Silva.
The Lady Chargers will have a challenging end to their regular season as they travelled to Enosburg on Tuesday before hosting BFA-Fairfax on Friday.