by Ken Brown
PLAINFIELD – The Twinfield-Cabot girls’ soccer team started the week with a loss to Division II power Missisquoi Valley (MV), but defeated Hazen Union in their regular season finale to secure their first winning season as a program since 2011.
Alex Brouillette scored twice to lead MV to 5-1 road win over the Lady Trojans last Tuesday. Ava Hubbard, Destinee Pigeon, and Abigail Raleigh all scored a goal apiece for the Lady Thunderbirds as they improved to 10-3-1 on the season. Senior captain Eva Hebert scored the lone goal for Twinfield-Cabot and Ida Astick made four saves in the loss. Madison Aiken made five stops for a stingy MV team that has outscored its opponents 51-17 on the season.
“They are a very strong team out of our division, but it was much more competitive than the score showed,” said head coach Seth Wilmott. “The girls moved the ball really well on the ground and we had our moments where we possessed the ball really well. Ida made some great saves when she needed to and I’m not upset about the outcome against a team like that at all,” added Wilmott.
Hebert continued to play her best soccer of the season on Friday, scoring two more goals to lead the Lady Trojans past Hazen Union at home, 4-2. Annie Dunlop and Alice McLane each had a goal and an assist for Twinfield-Cabot as they finished the regular season winning six of their last eight matches. Ida Astick made six stops in the win. Natalie Michaud scored twice for Hazen Union and Madeline Kaiser recorded six saves in the loss. The win secured a home playoff game for Willmott’s 8-6 squad for the second consecutive year. He took over a total rebuild at Twinfield-Cabot five years ago and now has his team positioned as the fifth seed in the upcoming Division IV tournament. Hebert, Nicole Gouge, Julia Light, and Makayla Quintin were all honored before the match on senior night.
“This season we’ve faced the toughest schedule since I started coaching here and the girls have had a very successful season so far. Overall, I thought we played well, but there were moments where their counter attack had us on our heels. I’m very proud of how the girls collectively were able to combat that and possess the ball out of the back under pressure. It meant a lot to the girls to finish the regular season strong, especially on senior night, so it was nice to come away with the win,” said Wilmott.
The Lady Trojans will host No. 12 Sharon Academy on Wednesday in the first round of the Division IV tournament. If they advance, they will face the winner of the MSJ-Hazen Union match in the quarterfinals on Friday.