Brattleboro girls doubled up by rivals
BRATTLEBORO — Jordan Mattison seems to enjoy playing against her school's rival.
The junior midfielder scored the game-winning goal against Brattleboro Union High School for the second time this season, helping the Mount Anthony Union varsity girls soccer team to a 4-2 victory over the Colonels on Monday evening at Tenney Field.
"They always give us a good game," said BUHS assistant coach Anna Kayes. "It definitely got heated at times."
There was a lot of bumping as Brattleboro striker CC Allembert dribbled across the field while MAU defender Chloe Cichanowski ran alongside her. The home team's Venus Fu made a beautiful slide tackle to take the ball away from Mattison. A visiting player was carded for complaining about the officiating.
Sophomore Antonia Pellon got off eight total shots for the Patriots and finished with a hat trick. She broke the ice on a breakaway 18 minutes in and later punched one in from the far post to give MAU a 2-0 lead at the break.
Eliya Petrie made a handful of saves for the purple and white, with her tip over the crossbar being the highlight.
"We've been working with Eliya a lot. She made a great save, popping it over the goal," noted Kayes.
Fu helped the junior keeper out by dribbling the ball out of danger. Hailey Derosia also made a nice clear, passing ahead to Kiki McNary along the right side. Lauren McKenney chipped in by intercepting a pass headed for the box.
Brattleboro cut MAU's lead to 2-1 about eight minutes into the second half. Derosia lofted one over Madison Breese's head on a restart and the leaping goalie somehow knocked it down, allowing Fu to clean up in front.
"Hailey sailed one over her head and Venus was able to finish. She did what we've been working on, which is following our shots," Kayes stated.
Just 32 seconds later, Mattison went upstairs from distance for the game winner. She had also scored the third and deciding goal when the Patriots beat the Colonels in the Lady Patriot Classic's consolation game on Sept. 8 in Bennington.
Pellon completed her hat trick at the 13:31 mark to give the visitors a 4-1 advantage. Cat Worthington, who had made a miraculous save along the sideline earlier in the game, got her head on a goal kick to gain possession just before the sophomore struck for the third time on the evening.
The home fans were treated to some quality passing near midfield. The ball went from Sophia Mikijaniec to Sophia Capy and over to Derosia, who tried to connect with a cutting forward.
Brattleboro's Sarah Wright scored off of a corner, which was fed in by Olivia Romo, to cap the scoring at the two-minute warning.
"Sarah is kind of our spark plug. She gives us energy. She only has one speed — top speed," Kayes said.
The Colonels dropped to 1-4 overall with the loss. MAU now has a 3-2 record.
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