Season Ends for Lady Trojans at Proctor

by Ken Brown

PROCTOR – The Twinfield-Cabot girls’ soccer team had a tough task taking on powerhouse Proctor last week, but they gave the three-time defending state champs all they could handle in a tight match to open the postseason.

Isabel Greb scored a pair of second-half goals to lead Proctor to a 4-0 home win over the Lady Trojans last Tuesday in the opening round of the Division IV playoffs. Ida Astick and the Twinfield-Cabot defense had a mind for a major upset, holding the Lady Phantoms scoreless heading into the break. Jenna Davine would feed Greb early in the second half for the eventual game-winner and Davine and Emma Palmer would add goals of their own to put the match out of reach. Astick was stellar again for Twinfield Cabot, turning away 14 shots in the loss as their season ended at 2-11-1. Cadence Goodwin made four stops to post the fourth shutout of the season for Proctor’s defense.

“The girls really showed up and surprised Proctor,” said head coach Seth Wilmott. “If you look outside the final score and saw how we played from start to finish against the No. 2 team in the state, you wouldn’t think we only won two games this season. That was the some of the best team soccer I’ve seen come out of this program and I’m super proud of the girls and the entire team at the end of the day,” added Wilmott.

Wilmott will lose seniors Ginger Klarich, Aleacya Moshinskie, and KimLinh Debona, but got the chance to groom several underclassmen this fall at the varsity level in what was an unexpected rebuilding year. Wilmott was an eyelash away from leading his Lady Trojan squad to the Division IV Final Four in 2021, posting a nine-win season and winning record for the first time in a decade. The plan was to build off of that momentum this fall, but graduation losses, coupled with surprise transfers and smaller numbers were too much to overcome. Wilmott has his defense established with Astick and backline in 2023 and will look to find that spark on the offensive end.

Proctor blanked Rivendell Academy in the quarterfinal round last Friday and hosted sixth-seeded Arlington on Tuesday for a chance to advance to the title game and capture their fourth consecutive state championship.