Wildcats improve to 10-0
WILMINGTON — When Jack Kehoe attempted to play the ball back to goalie Logan Boyd late in the first half, his teammates watched nervously as the errant kick sailed just wide of the right post.
It was about the only mistake the Twin Valley varsity boys soccer team made all night.
The Wildcats had a 20-0 advantage in shots on goal and cruised to a 7-0 victory over Windsor on Tuesday at Hayford Field.
"It was just miscommunication," said Twin Valley coach Buddy Hayford of Kehoe's scare.
The 10-0 Wildcats are one of just six undefeated soccer teams in Vermont, joining the CVU boys and girls, the Proctor girls, the Winooski boys and the Harwood boys.
"This team is a goal scoring machine. We average six or seven goals per game," noted Hayford, who now has a state record 419 coaching wins. "We have eight or nine players that can score. Our objective every game is to score as much as possible and also have a clean sheet."
Boyd earned his seventh shutout of the season. The home team got steals from Owen Grinold, Gunnar Nilsen and Kehoe in the early going.
"Windsor tried some quick counters on us off of corners," stated the Twin Valley coach. "I thought we were solid all night defensively. We were organized and had a good team shape. I'm really pleased with the way our defense played."
Izaak Park turned heads throughout, with the halfback's highlights being a steal from Windsor's Hunter Grela and a shot from deep that ricocheted off the crossbar.
"He brings a ton of energy. He is just so fast and aggressive. He has the green light to move up front at all times," Hayford commented.
Jack McHale scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick just 1:30 in. He also put away his team's third goal — running down a lead pass from Dylan Howe and tucking a shot inside the right post as goalie Elijah Milligan came out.
Lucas Messing, Eric Bolognani, Casey Sibilia, Tommy Therrien and Grinold also tallied for the Wildcats, who took a 4-0 lead to the break.
"Casey is such a playmaker. He sees the field as well as anyone," Hayford said.
Twin Valley treated the home fans to some great passing combinations. The ball went from McHale to Nilsen and over to Messing, who then finished to give the hosts a 2-0 advantage. In the second half, the ball was passed from Kehoe to Messing to Sibilia and over to Howe, whose shot was denied by Milligan.
The best of all came from Finn Fisher, midway through the opening half, when he lofted a cross over a defender and on the foot of McHale, who was streaking down the middle of the pitch.
"I thought we played smoothly and scored some really pretty goals. Our attack played with a lot of energy. We got some nice finishes," mentioned the Twin Valley coach.
The 10-0 Wildcats will host Springfield on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Twin Valley roster: Coach — Buddy Hayford. Players — Logan Boyd, Dylan Howe, Gunnar Nilsen, Izaak Park, Eric Bolognani, Jack Kehoe, Owen Grinold, Casey Sibilia, Lucas Messing, Jack McHale, Colin McHale, Allen Cole, Aaron Soskin, Willie Queenie, Finn Fisher, Tommy Therrien, Chase Speigel.
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