by Ken Brown
WELLS RIVER – The Craftsbury Academy (CA) boys’ soccer team edged Blue Mountain last week to earn their first win of the season before struggling against Danville on the road, putting their record at 1-2 on the season.
Junior Silas Robbins scored twice to lead the Chargers to a hard-earned road win over Blue Mountain last Wednesday. It was a great bounce back for first-year head coach William Garske and his young soccer team, who had to open the season against Division III powerhouse Enosburg to start the season. The loss dropped the Bucks to 0-4 on the year.
“We played with a lot of heart, especially William Patnoe and Evan LaMare, and I was happy to get our first win. Silas powered our offense with two really nice goals for us,” said Garske.
Andrew Joncas scored three first half goals to lead Danville to a 7-0 home win over CA on Friday. Josh Peterson and Nate Despathy added two more tallies in the first half to make it 5-0 for the Bears at the break. Denver Lindstrom and Evan Melen combined for the shutout as Danville earned their first win of the season.
“Friday was a hard loss and unfortunately, we had some players out for this match. Dylan Washer is one of our captains and was injured taking an incredible shot on goal. Overall, I was still proud of the effort and spirit of the team. As we look to next week, our team will have to overcome these injuries and we are going to have to look to new tactical approaches,” said Garske.
The Chargers were scheduled to travel to Oxbow on Monday and will stay on the road for a challenging match against Twinfield-Cabot on Wednesday. CA wraps up their week with a home date against Oxbow on Friday.