BRATTLEBORO >> The Hinsdale varsity girls soccer team took a one-goal lead to the break but fell to Lin-Wood, 2-1, in Friday's season opener.
Captain Jen Matuszewski scored with 10 minutes remaining in the opening half, on a well-struck shot from the right side, to put the Pacers ahead. After Lin-Wood battled back with a pair of burials in the first 15 minutes of the second half, Hinsdale nearly pulled even when an attempt got past the keeper and was cleared away at the last second by a defender.
The 0-1 Pacers will host Pittsfield on Friday at 4 p.m.
"The expectations this year are much different than last year," said Hinsdale coach Jay Cudworth, whose team went 2-14 in 2015, was shut out a dozen times and missed the playoffs. "This year, we expect to be competitive in all of our contests and have a good shot to gather our share of wins."
Fourteen players have returned for Hinsdale, including 10 starters. Newcomers Skyler Leclair and Gabby Leclair will split time in net.
"Skyler and Gabby both are filling the gap at goalkeeper — both have never played keeper, however the fact that both are excellent athletes who have good hands and footwork have led to them looking good in the back," noted coach Cudworth.
The Hinsdale varsity boys soccer team will also host Pittsfield on Friday at 4 p.m.
"We are a very young team with 11 freshmen and sophomores, but we have had a very good preseason and are establishing a foundation of hard work and teamwork. I've asked them to embrace a 'never give up' attitude and we are doing our best today to be prepared for tomorrow," stated Hinsdale coach Steve Fecto.
Varsity boys soccer roster: Coach — Steve Fecto. Seniors — Kyle Rideout, Josh Webster, Zeke Spaulding, Cole Swanson. Juniors — Ryan Boggio, Caleb Steever, Kian Tarbox. Sophomores — Carter Finnell, Donovin Villagomez, Nate O'Melia, Danny Roberts, Brenden Sisko, Isiaha Palafox. Freshmen — Ryan Labby, Greg Howard, Calvin Atkins, Trevor Hobbs, Dylan Harden.
Varsity girls soccer roster: Coach — Jay Cudworth. Players — Shelby Martelle, Cierra Youmell, Juliana Yialiades, Breonna Lavasseur, Hannah Lynch, Lexie Leclair, Becca Gringeri, Elise Fales, Ashley Drake, Samantha Lynch, Emily Ricker, Jen Matuszewski, Ariana Taylor, Kelsey Spindler, Katelyn Cominoli, Ally Yialiades, Erica Girroir, Gabby Leclair, Skyler Leclair.
Cross country roster: Coaches — Glenn Hammett, Starr Bruce. Runners — Daniel Roberts, Maggie St. John, Connor Martin, Zachery Gassett, Victoria Gassett, Garrett Behan, Rebecca Ryan, Elizabeth Ryan, Ryan Lee, Alan Nadeau, Rachael Girrior, Brenden Farr.
AREA SPORTS SCHEDULE
Thursday, Sept. 1
Twin Valley boys soccer hosts Windsor, 6 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 2
Brattleboro field hockey at Bellows Falls, 4 p.m.
Bellows Falls cross country at Fall Mountain, 4 p.m.
Hinsdale girls soccer hosts Pittsfield, 4 p.m.
Hinsdale boys soccer hosts Pittsfield, 4 p.m.
Leland & Gray boys soccer hosts Green Mountain, 4:30 p.m.
Twin Valley girls soccer hosts Otter Valley, 6 p.m.
Brattleboro football at Hartford, 7 p.m.
Bellows Falls football hosts Springfield, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 3
Bellows Falls girls soccer at Windsor, 11 a.m.
Leland & Gray girls soccer at MSJ, 11 a.m.