“I was real pleased with our play, especially in the second half,” said Twin Valley coach Buddy Hayford. “We just kind of wore them down.”
Logan Park opened the scoring four minutes into the match. The senior midfielder took a through ball from Jack McHale and beat Cosmo goalkeeper Chris Gurney for the opening score.
The score would stay 1-0 through halftime. Twin Valley had numerous opportunities to score, but couldn’t convert. However, Twin Valley was able to cash in their scoring opportunities in the second half, driving home four more goals to turn a close match into a rout.
Ten minutes into the second half, sophomore midfielder Owen Grinold knocked in a rebound from a Colin McHale shot.
Gunnar Nilsen scored from a free kick at the 60-minute mark. He hit a rocket of a shot from 25 yards away that got through the Springfield defenders and past Gurney for the third score of the match.
Nine minutes later, freshman Finn Fisher tapped in a loose ball in front of the Cosmos goal. A group of players were unable to get a foot on it, and he was able to tap it in for the score.
Casey Sibilia finished off the evening’s scoring, drilling a penalty kick home with a minute left in the match. Springfield was called for grabbing and pulling a player out of the way. The goal was Sibilia’s first in his high school varsity career.
The penalty kick came after a Springfield player was given a yellow card for pulling down a Twin Valley player. There were several yellow cards in the match, and Springfield coach Devan McCarty was ejected from the game following two yellow cards by the referees for his salty language and constant complaining throughout the match.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game,” said Hayford. “It was the third time we played them this year. That’s seeing an opponent one too many times, in my opinion.” He complimented his players for their play on the field. “I was happy that our guys kept their composure. Their coach was ejected and there were several yellow cards.”
Hayford was satisfied with the outcome. “We started to play the ball on the ground. We had some nice combinations of play. All in all, it was a good win for us.”
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CHESTER- In their next-to-last game of the regular season, the Twin Valley Wildcats headed out on the road for what promised to be a difficult game with Green Mountain Union High School. By the time the sun had set on the afternoon, the Wildcats had dethroned the Chieftains, 5-0.
“This was a game we warned our guys not to take lightly,” said Twin Valley coach Buddy Hayford. “They had a 3-1 lead at our place a couple of weeks ago, before we turned on the jets to win that game.”
The Wildcats didn’t wait to fall behind to turn on the jets this time around. After playing even for the early minutes of the first half, Twin Valley scored in quick succession to take control of the match.
Senior Logan Park opened the scoring 21 minutes into the match, taking a through ball from freshman Colin McHale and beating Green Mountain goalkeeper Keegan Ewald.
“Colin played a beautiful through ball,” said Hayford. “Logan ran onto it full tilt and put it past the keeper.”
A minute later, senior James “Jimmer” McGovern scored to give Twin Valley a 2-0 lead. Sophomore Owen Grinold had the assist.
McGovern was also involved in the next goal, as he played a corner kick perfectly to sophomore Jack McHale, who headed the ball home for the score and a 3-0 halftime advantage.
“Jimmer hit a beautiful, in-swinging corner,” said Hayford. “The keeper had no chance on it.” Hayford added that he was happy to see the score off the corner kick. “It’s one of those things we’ve talked about, how we’ve got to score more goals off of corners. There’s no reason for us not to knock in more.”
Twin Valley would add two more goals after the intermission. Park and Colin McHale again hooked up on a through ball. Finally, Jack McHale closed out the scoring by driving home a well-played ball from defensive wing Jack Kehoe.
“That was an especially gratifying goal,” said Hayford. “We’ve been encouraging and hoping that we get our outside backs more into the attack. That was a perfect example of that, Jack Kehoe saw the opportunity to run up the flank and he hit a beautiful crossing ball to the middle.”
Hayford gave high praise to the Wildcats’ defensive effort, and even higher praise to Green Moutain’s goalkeeper, Ewald, who was credited with 25 saves on the afternoon.
“It was a shooting gallery in the second half,” said Hayford. “That kid made some incredible saves.”
Twin Valley keepers Josh Carpenter-O’Hearn and Logan Boyd combined for three saves.
The win brought the Wildcats’ record to 12-1. They close out the season Friday at home, hosting Arlington for a 6 pm match at Hayford Field.
On Monday, pairings for the statewide D3 tournament will be released. Currently, Twin Valley is ranked second behind unbeaten Winooski and just ahead of defending champion Stowe.