HINSDALE, N.H. -- How does a varsity soccer team come back from a four-goal deficit heading into the second half? The answer to that question eluded the Lady Pacers on Tuesday, as Hinsdale fell to visiting Wilton-Lyndeborough, 5-1.
"We’ve got to get more offensive," said Pacer coach Drew Arsenault. "We’re on our heels too much on the defensive end."
The Pacers chased the Warriors for much of the contest, and the visitors took more shots at the goal. Some early aggressive attacks would give Wilton-Lyndeborough three goals before Hinsdale could come up with their first. It all went down in the first half.
Sophie LeVert long-balled it from the far post, after a Kim Edmunds feed, to score the Warriors’ first about four minutes in.
"LeVert did her job," said Wilton-Lyndeborough coach Bill Draper. "She did great setting up her teammates. Today was one of our better days. We moved the ball well."
Hinsdale’s Kathryn "Kat" Fecto played some clever defense, resulting in a few turnovers for the guests, but Wilton-Lyndeborough still found a way through, and on the attack midway through the first, LeVert would cross it to Lorrie Blais for the team’s second goal.
A handball penalty by the hosts would give Edmunds a chance. She toed in her shot, after it smacked off the pipe. Breanna Benjamin sidestepped a couple Warriors defenders and had some nice looks, but she and her Pacer team struggled to set anything up as they tried to come down the middle.
The Pacers’ sole goal started with Colleen Bedaw, who passed it in to Skylar Bonnette, who would let the footie Megan Finnell find a way into the Warrior net with nine minutes left in the first.
15 seconds later, the Warriors scored their fourth goal with Sami Bosquet on the shot, and their last one came courtesy Dani Bird, two minutes before the half.
On Friday, the 1-8 Pacers will travel to Newport.
"It was a close game against Newport the last time we played them," noted Arsenault. "Hopefully, we can turn it around."
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