Colonels outscore Fair Haven

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BRATTLEBORO — While those in the Bahamas were dealing with Hurricane Matthew on Thursday, Kylee Shatrau was doing her share of damage in the northeast.

The veteran midfielder took four shots and tallied twice, helping the Brattleboro Union High School varsity field hockey team to a 5-1 victory over Fair Haven on Tenney Field.

"I thought the kids played great today. It was a total team effort. They passed and shot really well," said BUHS co-coach Kelly Markol. "I'm proud of them. This is the first time all season that they've put everything together."

The Colonels took a 2-0 lead in the first 30 minutes. Kayla Leonard-Houle put away a corner feed from Kharisma Boyd to break the ice seven minutes in and Kailin Noble scored after Leonard-Houle made a long run up the left side.

The back line of Meera Seary, Olivia Reihl, Maddi Fortier and Mya McAuliffe limited the Slaters to just one shot in the opening half. Seary picked Nicole Blackwood's pocket in close and Fortier made three long clears.

Noble made two nice crossing passes, setting up both Edie Cay and Boyd. And with co-coach Sherryl Libardoni shouting encouragement from the sideline, Hannah Blake busted up another long rally by Blackwood.

Fair Haven made things interesting early in the second half — Theresa Culpo tapped in a cross by Adriana Dalto with 22:44 left to play to trim Brattleboro's lead to 2-1.

And then Shatrau basically took over.

She missed wide from point-blank range and then challenged Fair Haven goalie Emily Clement from deep, before burying a feed from Seary at the 18:46 mark.

Grace Frost and Shatrau each scored down the stretch for the purple and white. Shatrau's tally made the highlight reel, as she delivered on a give-and-go play with Seary during a penalty corner.

The 2-8 Colonels will play at Burr and Burton on Monday.


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