by Ken Brown
WELLS RIVER – It’s been a challenging rebuilding season for head coach Seth Wilmott and his Twinfield-Cabot girls’ soccer team, but his upstart squad followed a loss to Blue Mountain with a home win over Winooski last week, improving to 1-6 on the year.
Karli Blood poured in four goals to lead Blue Mountain to a 7-0 home win over the Lady Trojans last Wednesday. Jordan Alley added a hat-trick of her own for the Lady Bucks and Kennedy Perrigo, Kaydence Mckean, and Kyra Nelson chipped in with an assist apiece. Felicity Sulham made six saves on the day to earn the shutout. Ida Astick made seven stops for Twinfield-Cabot in the loss. Blue Mountain’s six game winning streak was snapped by Division III BFA-Fairfax on Friday.
Ginger Klarich, Camryn Hoffman, and Alice McLane each found the back of the net on Saturday to lead the Lady Trojans to a 3-0 home win over Winooski. Ida Astick made three stops on the day to earn her first shutout of the season. Winooski’s defense recorded 10 saves in the loss as they fell to 0-6 on the season. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for Wilmott’s squad, dating back to the 2021 Division IV quarterfinals where they narrowly missed a chance to reach the Final Four. Twinfield-Cabot was the darling of the Mountain League in 2021, posting nine wins and flooding the Mountain League with First and Second Team selections. Wilmott was forced into an abrupt rebuild this fall however after losing over 90 percent of his scoring punch to graduation and transfers.
“This game against Winooski was a good test for this team. They are young like us, but fast and aggressive, with some really good athletes. They were dangerous at any moment if they had room to run, but our defense did a great job of not giving them space and time. The girls came into this match with some really high energy and a solid mindset. We focused on playing our style and I was really proud of them and how hard they played throughout the match. It was nice to see them finally have some success in their play after a rough start to the season and I’m excited to see where we will be in the upcoming weeks,” said Wilmott.
Twinfield-Cabot was back on the road on Tuesday for a matchup with Oxbow and will welcome Craftsbury Academy to town on Friday for a divisional game.