BRATTLEBORO -- MAU was a constant threat in the midfield and outran their Brattleboro opponents, to give the Patriots a 2-0 win over the Colonels girls varsity soccer team, in a Tuesday night game on Tenney Field.
It was Senior Night at BUHS, and the following 12th graders were honored for their commitment to their school and team: Rebecca Potter, Halie Lange, Kara Piergentili, Linnea Jahn, Truuske Bailey-de Brujin, Marissa Smith, Maddie Rollins, Sarah Kendrick, Greta Pellerin, Bailey Paige, and Biak Chin-Tial (in photo). The players’ parents who were on hand each received a bouquet of flowers from the team.
"In my experience, this is by far the best the Colonels have ever played against us," said MAU coach Mark Boudreau. "They outplayed us for a good part of the game. They outhustled us in the first half, but we made the right adjustments later on. It was as even a game as we have had all year. At any moment, it could have gone the other way."
It was MAU’s eighth straight win of the season.
The Patriots’ first goal came from Shelby McLenithan 12 minutes into game play. The forward went up the middle, dribbled briefly, then tapped in her shot on the left side to make it 1-0.
"It was a late reaction with their defense," said McLenithan. "They had a bad touch on it, and the goal was wide open, so I went for it."
Meanwhile, Patriot midfielder Rebecaa Romac started harassing the white and purple offense, and also made an attempt on goal late in the first, but it slammed off the post. Romac’s teammate Calli Towslee was also on striker’s duty, but Brattleboro’s Lange cleared out numerous tries to frustrate the visitors.
With 50 seconds left in the first half, Brattleboro keeper Smith had a huge save, leaving MAU only up a goal at the break.
Showing no signs of dissapointment, the Colonels gave an impressive halftime show that featured choreographed dancing and cheering, which demonstrated the team’s lively "can’t get us down" spirit.
Halfway through the second half, MAU’s Kate Goodell drew out the Colonel keeper, went around, then slide-kicked the shot off her right foot for the team’s second goal.
"If the keeper comes out like that, I try to get there as fast as I can," said Goodell.
It was McLenithan’s 12th goal of the season and Goodell’s seventh. The formidable duo have scored 19 of the team’s 25 goals on the season overall.
"We had the energy, the players for it, and the attitude ... but the Patriots were a little more aggressive," said BUHS coach Edwin de Brujin. "We made two costly mistakes in the backfield, but that was the only difference as far as skill was concerned. In my opinion, the teams were pretty evenly matched."
The Patriots played deep defense and prevented most of the Colonels’ drives with clean clears and forward passes.
But Brattleboro’s Katelyn Donovan balanced the scales on defense, with a few nice blocks and a couple steals of her own. The Colonels’ Piergentili sacrificed herself late in the second half to disrupt a promising MAU march, and got right back up after taking the hit. Biak Chin-Tial also made a few trying plays on defense, plus handled the ball well offensively in the center for the Colonels.
Brattleboro drops to 4-7 and will host Springfield on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
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