Chargers Carry some Momentum into Post-season

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Craftsbury Academy’s Dylan Washer (No. 14) charges the ball up the field with Isaiah Snider (No. 18) of Richford right there for the steal during play October 22. The Rockets won 5-4.

by Ken Brown

BRADFORD – The Craftsbury Academy (CA) boys’ soccer team earned their third victory of the season at Oxbow last week before wrapping up the regular season with hard-fought losses to Twinfield-Cabot and Richford.

Calvin Cacciamani buried a feed from Silas Hunt in overtime to give the Chargers a 2-1 road win over Oxbow last Monday. Andrew Barret converted a penalty kick for the Olympians midway through the first half to draw first blood and the home team would protect that lead for a majority of the match. A penalty on Oxbow with a minute left in regulation gave the Chargers new life and Cacciamani calmly converted the penalty kick to send the match into extra time, setting up the dynamic duos’ game-winning heroics. Oden Schlager made eight saves for Oxbow in the loss as they finished the regular season at 2-11.

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Evan LaMare (left) of the Craftsbury Chargers and Mitchell Kane (right) of the Richford Rockets vie for control of the ball Saturday on Dustan Field. Richford got by Craftsbury 5-4.

“Calvin played a beautiful feed from Silas and he won the match off an incredible shot to the side of the net on a fast break to the goal,” said head coach William Garske.

Tej Stewart scored twice to lead a balanced offensive attack as Twinfield-Cabot outlasted the Chargers 5-2 on the road last Wednesday. Sam McLane, Meles Gouge, and Darshan Eddleman each found the back of the net for the Trojans as they ended the regular season at 9-4. Silas Hunt continued his strong play for CA, scoring twice for the home team.

Carter Blaney netted a hat-trick to lead Richford’s offense as they escaped with a 5-4 road win over the Chargers over the weekend. Dylan Washer and Calvin Cacciamani scored two goals apiece for CA, but couldn’t find the equalizer down the stretch to pull the upset. Oliver Pike made seven stops in the win as Richford improved to 6-6-1.

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Craftsbury Academy senior Calvin Cacciamani (No. 7) is sandwiched between Richford’s Carson Steinhour (No. 10) and Coltin Kittell (No. 15) during action on Dustan Field October 22.Richford inched by Craftsbury 5-4.

“Twinfield-Cabot is a strong program, but we managed to score a couple of goals against their defense with good play from Silas. Richford was a well fought match and we didn’t have any substitutions in the second half, but still kept our offense going by scoring four goals against them. Calvin had an incredible week with two more scores and Dylan gave our offense some nice balance with a pair of goals. We have been playing really well as a team towards the end of the regular season and we are very much looking forward to the playoffs,” said Garske.

The Chargers are the No. 13 seed in the Division IV playoffs and will get a rematch with Twinfield-Cabot in the first round on Wednesday on the road.