Rebel girls blank Wildcats

WILMINGTON— The Leland & Gray varsity girls soccer team outscored Twin Valley 3-0 to improve to 6-6 overall.

Rebels coach Lucas Bates said the win was "A great way to bounce back into the .500 club."

Emma Stover, Arin Bates, and Sydney Hescock did the damage for the winners.

Stover scored on a shot off of a ball in the box from midfielder Skye Richardson at the 34:34 mark in the first half. Bates stole the ball from a Wildcat defender and blasted it past the keeper with 13:08 left in the match. To top off the scoring, Hescock scored a beautiful strike into the right side of the net with 11:42 remaining.

The Rebel girls had their fair share of shots in the match. Superstar Arin Bates uncharacteristically missed several chances in the first half.

Senior captain Mariah Hazard also put several shots on net, all of which were saved by keeper Tayler Courchesne.

Courchesne let three goals in, but didn't lose her focus under the barrage of shots. The senior denied several attempts from the visitors, racking up eight saves in the game.

The Rebels entertained on offense, but coach Bates was especially pleased with his team's defensive showing.

Leland & Gray's back line of Carly Lane, Bay Holmes, Erin Cutts, and Sierra Fillion held up solidly against the Twin Valley attack of Jarret Niles and Kylie Reed.

Bates was also very happy with the performance of sophomore keeper Ellie Longo, who saved every shot that came her way.

Twin Valley coach Chris Walling was disappointed by the loss, but overall pleased with how his girls performed. "It was a gutsy performance," he said after the match.

Walling's squad was down only one goal at the break, a deficit the Wildcat coach thought was manageable as his girls stepped out for the second round of play.

However, junior Morgen Janovsky had to be carried off the pitch after being tackled just minutes into the half. This injury forced the Wildcats to continue on with only 10 players.

Despite this, Walling said his team played better in the second half, even if the score didn't reflect it.

"The girls were tired," he said, "we just couldn't get one in."

The Wildcats record falls to 4-7-1 after this loss.

The final game of the regular season is next on the schedule for each of these teams. Twin Valley's Senior Night will be hosted Wednesday against Windsor while Leland & Gray will host their Senior Night on Tuesday in Townshend versus Bellows Falls.


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