BRATTLEBORO — During the late stages of Monday's varsity field hockey game on Tenney Field, Brattleboro coach Sherryl Libardoni jokingly did a "be aggressive" cheer when sending in a substitute and the visiting players followed with a "Go Terriers" routine from their bench.
Bellows Falls won the cheerleading competition and the game, zipping the Colonels 5-0 to remain undefeated.
"We've been working really hard on offense," said Bellows Falls forward Abbe Cravinho. "We have been scoring a lot more than we did last season. We had eight goals in one of our games."
The Terriers dominated the first half, including a 7-0 advantage in penalty corners and an 8-0 edge in shots on goal. Cravinho broke the ice just 3:10 into the contest on a corner play that was started by Molly Kelly and was assisted by Madison Streeter.
"That was my corner. It's meant to go to me," noted Cravinho. "It was the first time that it has worked. It was awesome that it worked and that it was the first goal."
Reaghan Baldasaro would then tally twice to increase BF's lead to 3-0. She buried a cross by Kelly at the 25:28 mark and then put home a rebound eight minutes later.
Paxton Santorelli would make it 4-0 on her team's fourth corner attempt. Kelly found Santorelli on the point and the defender blasted the ball into the cage.
BF's back line of Aly Bashaw, Murphy Hicks and Santorelli kept the pressure off of goalie Emma Lober for the first 25 minutes. And then the Colonels finally threatened — Kharisma Boyd passed ahead to Zenia Muhammed who dished left to Avalon Johnston for a good look,
The Terriers, who took a 4-0 lead to the break, had a golden opportunity 5:28 into the second half. But Cravinho missed upstairs on a penalty stroke versus Brattleboro goalie Natalya Forkin.
"It was my first time ever taking a penalty shot. I was aiming high, but not that high," the sophomore said with a smile.
Brattleboro's Kylee Shatrou made an impressive clear with a crowd in front and teammate Maddie Fortier later drove the ball out of danger. And the Colonels got attacks from Hannah Blake, Gracie Frost, Edie Cay and Meera Seary down the stretch.
Coach Libardoni then told a substitute to "be aggressive" before doing the well known cheer. And then players on the Bellows Falls bench had others spelling out "Terriers."
Sophia Hyslop would finish from the far post to cap the scoring with 4:10 left to play.
The 7-0 Terriers defeated Brattleboro 4-0 earlier in the season. The defending Division 3 champions have also defeated MAU, Springfield, Burr and Burton, Otter Valley and Rutland.