Colonel girls fall in season opener
BRATTLEBORO — Just blame the real-life Wonder Twins for spoiling coach Anna Kayes' debut.
Emma Ezzo seemingly turned into a wall and Megan Ezzo kept striking like a poisonous snake, like something out of an All-New Super Friends episode, to lead the Fair Haven varsity girls soccer team to a 4-0 victory over Brattleboro in Tuesday night's season opener on Tenney Field.
Megan Ezzo put away a Brittany Love pass to break the ice just 57 seconds in and then the duo switched roles, giving the Slaters a 2-0 advantage at the break.
"I thought we came out a little jittery and just excited to be playing a game on Tenney Field," said Kayes. "The second half was totally different and we were able to dominate for 20 minutes of it."
Cameron Allembert and Olivia Romo put the heat on for the purple and white after the intermission. Allembert took three shots and also crossed a pass in front of the goal face, while Romo missed high twice and was robbed on a rally up the left side of the pitch.
"You can't do that!" members of the BUHS student section repeated in unison after a Fair Haven player was nearly carded moments later.
Megan Ezzo would drive the ball over netminder Eliya Petrie's head and then Emma Briggs buried a shot during a breakaway to cap the scoring.
It's unknown if the junior twins actually said "activate" when breaking the Fair Haven huddle prior to the contest. Emma Ezzo made a handful of saves on the night to earn the shutout, with her denial versus Fiona Kidder in the opening half being her highlight.
The home crowd had plenty to cheer about early on. Romo drove up the gut and missed just wide right, Venus Fu had a trio of takeaways near midfield, Sophia Capy continually cleared the ball up the left side, and there was even a beautiful passing combination — the ball moved across the field from Kiki McNary to Fu to Amelia Glickman and over to Sylvia Normandeau.
"Venus is tenacious. They started man-marking her in the second half," noted Kayes. "Capy did a great job on defense."
Petrie finished with five saves for the 0-1 Colonels, who will take on Burr and Burton in the first round of the Lady Patriot Classic on Thursday night in Bennington at 5.
Brattleboro roster: Coach — Anna Kayes. Manager — Hannah Lane. Players — Eliya Petrie, Sarah Wright, Venus Fu, Juliana Miskovich, Olivia Romo, Sylvie Normandeau, Kiki McNary, Jillian Mahon, Alina Secrest, Sophie Mikijaniec, Casey Conkling, Fiona Kidder, Sophia Capy, Cameron Allembert, Amelia Glickman, Camilla Shapiro, Willow Romo.
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