BRATTLEBORO -- One year after going 11-2, earning the No. 2 seed in the tournament and being shocked by a three-win team in the quarterfinals, the Bellows Falls stickers aren’t really concerned with their regular-season record.
Maybe it’s the idea of playing host in the playoffs is what’s driving them.
On Thursday night at Tenney Field, the Terriers won for the fifth time in as many games, outscoring the host Colonels, 5-0.
"It only matters what we do in the playoffs," said Bellows Falls coach Bethany Coursen, when the word undefeated was mentioned. "I just care about how we play and that we work hard."
Sarah Wells blasted a shot between the pipes from 10 yards out and then Anna Clark put away a feed from Cassidy Santorelli to put the Terriers ahead, 2-0, just 7:23 into the contest.
And Brattleboro goalie Jen Dyer was peppered for the remainder of the first half. She denied attempts by Averie Lowe, Mariah Barnett and Wells to keep her team within striking distance.
Dyer got help from defender Marissa Semenovich, who made a clutch clear-out. Meg Powell disrupted a run by Barnett, and rusher Katie Damian busted up a penalty corner.
Before the intermission, there was some good action in front of the scoreboard -- Brattleboro’s Kayla Savage and BF’s Kya Coursen often battled for control, showing off their handling skills each time.
Wells and Clark would each score early in the second half, making it 4-0 in a hurry, on assists by Coursen and Barnett. That forced Brattleboro coach Deb Valliere to call a time-out.
The Colonels communicated very well during the break. Valliere told her players to keep working hard, Savage volunteered to substitute for anybody as a rusher on corners, Semenovich asked Valliere what her team was doing wrong and how they could correct it.
As it turned out, there was no slowing down the Terriers. Lowe and Barnett each made dangerous runs, Wells unloaded from the right wing, and Santorelli capped the scoring with a winner at the 8:14 mark.
The Colonels had three corner opportunities down the stretch, with Daisy Giroux putting her passes on the money each time. Nina Goodhue and Daija Germain each had a chance to beat Bellows Falls goalie Shea Wilkinson on those set plays.
"Our forward line is fast. We have worked on passing a lot in practice," said the Terriers coach. "Our defenders have been playing up more. Emily Dufault kind of controls things back there."
No kidding. Dufault, along with Emily Stoddard and Morgan Finnell, and freshmen Murphy Hicks and Alyson Bashaw, made things difficult for the hosts.
The 1-4 Colonels will play at Springfield on Monday and the 5-0 Terriers will host Burr and Burton on Wednesday.
Shane Covey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 802-254-2311, ext. 163.