Brattleboro Storm's U11, U14 teams prevail
BRATTLEBORO — It was a back and forth battle of equals in the first half of the Storm 2018 U11 season kick off game against Westfield FC in Westfield, Mass. on Saturday. With few shots on goal for either side in the first 20 minutes of play, Westfield scored to take a 1-0 lead at the end of the first half. Brattleboro came out strong in the second half, showing mid-season form in their offensive attack. Led by two goals from Evan Ahnert, including one via a penalty kick, the Storm quickly took the lead. Goals by Gordie Kalill, Birch Berkfield, Andres Shippee and Rhys Fontaine put the game out of reach for Westfield FC. The defense, led by stopper Mark Richards and goalie Tucker Hessel, shut out Westfield in the second half for the decisive 6-1 win.
From kick off to the final whistle, the U14 Storm controlled play with a decisive 4-0 victory over South Hadley on Saturday. The Storm's offensive pressure was just too much for the opposing defense, and Sam Hall found the back of the net for his first goal of the day off of a feed from Ayoub Lajhar. The offensive threats continued to mount and Ozzie VanHendrick was able to capitalize off another pass from Lajhar to bring the score to 2-0. South Hadley did manage to create their own attack, but they were met with a brick wall of a defense comprised of Caleb Ghia, William Noble, Jordy Allembert, Emmett Hoyer, Henry Pennell and netminder Paul McGillion. Lajhar found himself on the other side of the feed in the second half, putting one in the back of the net off a back post corner kick from Pennell. Finally, the 14s capped the scoring when Hall once again found an entire half of space in behind the defense off of a beautiful feed from Charlie Kinnersley. The Storm is back in action on Saturday when they take on South Hadley again.
Although the Storm U10 score was lopsided, Brattleboro played hard until the very end and never gave up. They created a lot of scoring chances that were led by Wyatt Mann, Eason Demarsico-Thorne and Rowan Carse. Ethan Ahnert and Demarsico-Thorne scored goals for Brattleboro. A strong defensive effort was led by Augustina McGillion, Max Madow, Liam Mahoney and Beckett Mann. Connor Noyes-Urffer and Ethan Ahnert played in net.
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