by Ken Brown
MARSHFIELD – The Craftsbury Academy (CA) boys’ soccer team was pesky in the first half, but succumbed to a talented Twinfield-Cabot squad for a second straight week, ending their season in the first round of the Division IV playoffs.
Darshan Eddleman and Thomas Gouge led a balanced scoring attack with two goals apiece to lead fourth seeded Twinfield-Cabot to a 7-0 home win over the Chargers last Wednesday. CA’s defense came ready to play in the first half, shutting down the Trojans’ high powered offense for the first 40 minutes of the match. CA goalkeeper Grayson McNaughten and the defense had a major upset on their mind as both teams went into halftime knotted at 0-0.
“Our defense executed a really good game plan in the first half holding that game at 0-0 for the first 40 minutes and Grayson had some excellent saves. Twinfield made it very difficult for us in the second half and it was a tough loss, but I was proud of the effort of our team,” said head coach William Garske.
Tej Stewart, Meles Gouge, and Frank Castillo joined the scoring barrage in the second half for the Trojans and Neil Alexander made one save to lead the defense to their ninth shutout of the season. Twinfield-Cabot defeated fifth-seeded Twin Valley on Saturday to advance to the Division IV Final Four for the second straight season. McNaughton capped off an impressive freshman campaign with seven saves for CA in the loss. Garske will lose Dalton Gravel, Adrian Crytzer, Jacob Sulham, William Patnoe, and leading goal scorer Calvin Cacciamani to graduation and will have some holes to fill next fall in his second season.
“We are losing five really good players in our seniors next fall, which will leave some hard shoes to fill. We do have some really good young players in the program, Grayson is just a freshman, so we have a lot of room to grow and they’ll be assets to the team next season. I really enjoyed this year, working with an incredible group of athletes,” said Garske.