by Ken Brown
PLAINFIELD – The Twinfield-Cabot boys’ soccer team outscored Oxbow and Blue Mountain by a combined score of 11-2 last week in a pair of wins as they remained contenders atop of the Division IV standings at 8-2 on the season.
Brody Moran scored twice to lead the Trojans to a 5-0 blanking of Oxbow at home last Tuesday. Meles Gouge, Frank Castillo, and Alec Moran also found the back of the net in a balanced attack by the Twinfield-Cabot offense. Neil Alexander made one save to earn the fourth shutout of the season for the Trojan defense. Dakota Goodrich made seven stops in the loss as the Olympians fell to 1-10.
“Oxbow showed a lot of toughness with some quality team defense, holding us to two goals in the first half,” said head coach Peter Stratman. “The boys created a couple of exciting chances early, but our pace fell a bit flat for much of the match. They picked it up late and manufactured some quality goals and it was nice to get another team win,” added Stratman.
Meles Gouge poured in four goals to lead Twinfield-Cabot to an impressive 6-2 road win over Blue Mountain on Friday. Gouge leads the team in scoring with 17 goals on the season. Cooper Bernatchy and Brody Moran chipped in with a goal apiece and Neil Alexander made five stops on the day as the Trojans outscored the Bucks 5-0 after trailing 2-1 late in the first half. Kristofer Fennimore and Cameron Roy accounted for Blue Mountain’s offense in the loss as they fell to 5-4 on the season.
“It was back and forth in the first half, with both teams putting together several dangerous attacks. We settled down a bit in the second half and did a much better job of controlling the play with some rhythmic passing. We still have a relatively young squad and I’ve been so impressed by the growth across the team this year. Sophomore Silas Robbins has stepped up big to anchor the backfield, sophomore TJ Bernatchy has moved from the midfield to the backline the last few matches and has utilized his strength and speed, and Sam Russell has also moved to the backline this fall and his offensive experience brings a great attacking mindset to our backline,” said Stratman.
Stratman has breathed life into a drowning Trojan soccer program, compiling a 25-11 record in his three seasons at the helm as they look to host a playoff match for the third straight year later this month in the Division IV playoffs. Twinfield-Cabot is scheduled to host Craftsbury Academy on Wednesday before wrapping up the regular season at home against BFA-Fairfax on Saturday at Cabot.