BRATTLEBORO >> At the beginning of Tom Brady's vacation, "the other Patriots" were happy to have their best player out on the field.
Ben Winslow set up one goal with a throw-in and later put away a cross to help the MAU varsity boys soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Brattleboro on Thursday evening at BUHS.
"It was a great game," said Brattleboro coach Paul Sather. "We just didn't play as hard as they did. They wanted it more."
The Patriots took a 2-0 lead in the first 24 minutes. Josh Comalli poked the ball just inside the right post from in close to break the ice and then came an own goal following a throw-in by Winslow.
Brattleboro keeper Jacob Bailey denied Brian Grace, Brandon Anderson and Jack Bushee to keep it from getting out of hand. And with the goalie out of position, fullback Bradley Fellows was able to clear the ball out.
"Our defensive marking was really good. We're young, but our defense is pretty solid," Sather stated.
At the other end, Jasper Reed, Carter Falk and Galen Von Wodtke put on a passing clinic in front of the MAU bench. Reed showed off his speed with a long run. And Reed later passed to Jack Price and he found Falk, who missed high.
The Colonels would get on the board just 2:24 before the break, when Ian Fulton Black sent a corner feed over to Tanner Bell, who beat netminder Dylan Woodside.
"It was a great goal and it came off of a cross," Sather said. "In the last five minutes of the first half, my guys got hungry."
MAU's back line of Matthew Anderson, Matthew Glanovsky and Trey Lang kept the pressure off of Woodside over the last 40 minutes. Emmett Dews, who replaced Bailey in goal for the hosts, would stop shots by Comalli, Anderson and Dave Peterson in the second half.
But with 22:43 remaining, Winslow would put away a crossing pass to give the Patriots a 3-1 advantage.
"We were keeping an eye on 5 (Comalli) and 7 (Winslow). I thought Bradley Fellows and Alejandro Cornman did a nice job on those two for the most part," noted Sather.
The 0-2 Colonels, who lost to Saint Johnsbury 3-0 in their season opener on Tuesday, will play at Springfield on Monday.
Brattleboro roster: Coaches — Paul Sather, Michael Italia, Ben Brewer. Players — Jacob Bailey, Emmett Dews, Carter Falk, Jack Price, Jeremy Rounds, Anthony Piergentili, Ian Fulton Black, Jasper Reed, Matt Dulmaine, Jacob Cannizzaro, Bradley Fellows, Owen Toleno, Galen Von Wodtke, Jonah Petrie, Alejandro Cornman, Tanner Bell, Jarrod Price, Jackson Buettner, Gus Williams, Declan Lonergan, Luke Williams.