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BRATTLEBORO — Matt LaFleur and Jay Cudworth each made their coaching debut on Thursday night.

And they were both successful.

Just before LaFleur's Packers beat the Bears 10-3 to kick off the NFL season, Cudworth guided the Brattleboro varsity boys soccer team to a 2-0 decision over Woodstock on Tenney Field.

"It seemed like it took forever to get on the board. We kept knocking on the door," said Cudworth. "I thought we did a nice job of sticking with it. We stayed focused and were even-keeled."

Brattleboro's Luke Williams scored the game-winner nine minutes into the second half and Nick Campbell buried the insurance goal with 8:09 left to play. Freshman keeper Paul McGillion made two saves to earn the shutout.

"I thought our goalie did a fantastic job," mentioned Cudworth. "He got his feet wet in a jamboree we participated in during the preseason. He's going to be tested a little more down the road."

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The Colonels were extremely sharp right out of the gate — spacing the field, delivering accurate passes, and dribbling under control. Campbell hustled twice to keep the ball in play along the sideline, Avery Bauer showed some fancy footwork near midfield, and Magnus von Krusenstiern swiped the ball from Woodstock's Tom Bissaillon.

Stephen Bianchi made four stops in the first 40 minutes for the Wasps. His highlight came early on, when he denied Alex Lier from in close.

The hosts were solid when it came to set pieces in the second half. Lier chipped a free kick around a Woodstock wall and the ball was nearly tipped home by Williams, while the purple and white also had a couple of near misses on corners.

With his team ahead 1-0, McGillion made the play of the day — storming out to disrupt a dangerous run along the left wing by Harrison Morse. Defender Gus Williams, who could be heard talking to his teammates all game long, made a nice slide tackle that stopped a rally from Bissaillon.

"Gus is our leader on and off the field. He's been this team's leader since I took the job in June," stated Cudworth.

The 1-0 Colonels will play at Saint Johnsbury on Saturday.


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