Bulldogs beat Colonels on pitch

BRATTLEBORO — The distance the ball traveled on Alberto De Pablo's first shot on Wednesday night is disputed, but where it ranks on the goals of the year list is pretty clear.

It's at the top.

The sophomore midfielder tallied twice in the first 13 minutes at Tenney Field, helping the Burr and Burton varsity boys soccer team to a 3-1 victory over host Brattleboro.

"It was just a beautiful goal. It went 25 or 30 yards into the upper-right corner," said Colonels coach Paul Sather of the icebreaker.

"He was about 85 yards away," a Burr and Burton player joked.

That's what it seemed like.

De Pablo settled the ball inside the midfield circle and drove it under the crossbar, just out of the reach of leaping goalie Emmett Dews, to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead at the 23:48 mark of the opening half. He put away an Oscar Loomis feed four minutes later to make it 2-nil.

"I didn't expect to score tonight. The first one I just shot and it went in. The second one came off of a great play by my teammate," he said after the game. "Our whole team played really well."

Nick Plants was credited with Burr and Burton's third goal, which was scored during a scrum in front of the net.

"Like five different people kicked it in," noted BBA's Ian Anglum, who was one of the players who swarmed the rebound following Blake Greene's free kick on goal.

After going to the break trailing 3-0, the Colonels got a spark early in the second half as defender Alejandro Cornman took the ball away from De Pablo and later affected a shot by the streaking Bennie Osnow.

The home team would then go on the attack.

Brattleboro junior Jackson Buettner tucked a penalty kick inside the left post to make it 3-1 with 16:50 remaining. Jack Price was denied on a header, before Luke Williams had two chances down the stretch — getting loose on a 2-on-1 breakaway and then being robbed by BBA keeper Joe Hancock.

"That was a very nice finish by Jackson," stated BUHS coach Paul Sather of the PK. "That's a good team that we played and we're really young. I thought we played really well the whole game."

Brattleboro's defense was solid out of the gate, with Buettner taking the ball away from playmaker Ben Stewart and Gus Williams using his body to block a shot by Osnow. And Jasper Reed often forced the issue from the back — flying up the right side twice, once dishing off to Luke Williams and later testing the BBA keeper with a shot from deep.

The Colonels got some bad news just four minutes in, when junior midfielder Adam Newton broke his fall by planting his hand in the ground and ending up with a fracture just above his wrist. His arm was in a sling when he walked over to his team after the game.

Brattleboro (4-4) will host Hartford on Tuesday. The Bulldogs improved to 3-2-1 overall.


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