WESTMINSTER -- Liam Shaw of the Terriers boys soccer team likes taking corner kicks. So do his teammates, who often allow him to hammer the ball into play.
"I’ve been practicing that kick all summer. I almost hooked it right in," said Shaw, describing one of the shots he took from the corner with less than 10 minutes left in the second half, that almost sailed right in, but glanced off the post.
Prior to that attempt, the junior captain had the ball roll at his feet just inches from the goal, after it kissed the crossbar, which he tapped in at the 14:00 mark to give the Terriers their final goal Friday afternoon in a 3-0 shutout against Long Trail.
"Early season conditioning was showing," said Terrier coach Robert Brooks. "We struggled with that last year. The first half was a reflection of that. The guys did really well in the second half."
During the offseason, a group of the Terrier players practiced to improve facets of their game, including movement through the middle, positioning, and control.
"Last fall, we set goals for ourselves," said Brooks. "It’s paying off."
Chris Doucet stretched to score the Terriers’ first goal after Shaw sent it in from the corner, with two minutes left in the opening half.
"We still have 40 minutes to show them what we’re made of," said Lynx coach Tim Smith to his team during the break.
In that time, the Terriers’ Lucas Clark would also bury a shot, from Shaw’s corner feed, midway through the half.
"Our passing is three times better than it was last year," said Brooks.
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MSJ 9, Bellows Falls 2
RUTLAND -- The Bellows Falls girls soccer team dropped to .500 with a 9-2 loss to MSJ on Friday.
Claire Schmelzenbach had a first-half hat trick and Gwen Breshlen tallied twice to give the hosts a 6-1 lead at the break.
The Terriers got goals from Nieva Schemm and Lydia Pedigo.
Bellows Falls (1-1) will play at Twin Valley (1-1) on Tuesday night at 6.