Twin Valley girls rally past Terriers

WESTMINSTER — Maybe there's a reason why Tatyana Bowman chose to wear the same jersey number as Lionel Messi, Pele and Diego Maradona.

As it turns out, she's a gifted scorer.

Bowman was moved from her stopper position to the front line for the first time in her varsity career and had a hat trick to lead the Twin Valley girls soccer team to a 3-1 victory over host Bellows Falls on Wednesday.

"It doesn't matter where I put her, she does a good job there," said Wildcats coach Chris Walling, whose team improved to 4-6-1 overall. "She's an extremely coachable kid. She has a really good foot."

With his team trailing 1-0, Walling also put keeper Tayler Courchesne in the midfield and sent Jayden Crawford between the pipes.

"What's the difference if we lose 1-0 or 2-0?" the Twin Valley coach asked. "Without Sadie (Boyd), we just struggle to score. My hands were tied, I had to do something drastic."

It paid off.

Bowman scored three goals in the last 11 minutes, with assists coming from Courchesne, Olivia Genella and Kylie Reed. Wearing the No. 10 jersey, she tucked each one of them inside the left post.

Just two days after Twin Valley edged Bellows Falls 3-2 in Wilmington, the teams played a scoreless first half. The Terriers had a couple of great chances in the first 40 minutes, but Courchesne leaped up high to rob Leanna Mager and Lila Guerrina was denied from in close.

The visitors got two nice crossing passes early on, including one from Reed and another from Brianna O'Hearn, but failed to tap those home.

The undefeated Bellows Falls field hockey team took a break from practice to cheer on the hosts. The players did a "Go Terriers" chant and were also heard screaming "Go Maddy" as Maddison Dibernardo put the pressure on.

The defensive highlights came in the second half, as Tiffany Spiegel, Genella, and Birgess Schemm all made a fine steal.

With 27:45 left to play, Amyra Terena passed ahead to Dibernardo and she was able to finish to give the Terriers (1-10) a 1-0 advantage.

But it was all Twin Valley the rest of the way. The Wildcats took eight shots down the stretch, including three on target by Bowman.


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