Springfield handed the Wildcats their first loss by a hair Friday night, 1-0, scoring with two minutes left to end a game-long defensive deadlock, in the last game of the John Werner Tournament in Arlington.
It was a game fitting of a tournament final, kept between the eighteens for the majority of the game. Neither team could find opportunities to threaten, and chances to score were few and far between, leaving the scoreboard empty going into the second half.
Opportunities would open up in the second half, including three opportunities for Twin Valley, getting behind Springfield’s defense. But the Wildcat shooters were unable to finish, sailing a few over the crossbar, and others falling victim to the hands of goalie Tim Hildrith.
Hildrith faced 15 shots, recording nine saves, while Twin Valley goalie Sam Molner faced 13 shots and netted seven saves. Only one shot would get past his hands and decide the match.
With two minutes left, Springfield’s Devin Brady found a small window of opportunity and he took it. Brady was able to get free from defenders and find an opening at the top of the box, and kick a low screamer to the left post. Molner was able to get a hand on it, but it proved to be just out of reach, ricocheting into the net.
Twin Valley’s first loss puts them at 6-1 on the year, and Hayford believes it’s better for his boys to lose sooner than later in the year, “There is not much shame in losing to them (Springfield). They (the Wildcats) were disappointed, but it’s better to lose now then the end of October when it really matters. You get it out of your system and you move forward.”
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BELLOWS FALLS- After losing their only game this season to Springfield on Saturday, Twin Valley’s boys’ soccer team responded in a big way Monday night, with a six-goal onslaught, including a hat trick from Colin Lozito.
Morrow Bernard started Twin Valley’s offensive domination 10 minutes into the first half. Tony Tarr set Bernard up, flicking one off his head for the assist to take an early lead 1-0. Five minutes later, Dal Nesbitt made the score 2-0 after powering his way through four Bellows Falls defenders. Nesbitt would assist Colin Lozito’s first goal 10 minutes later, on a beautiful through-ball to the right side, giving Twin Valley a three-goal lead.
A fluke goal would put the Wildcats up by four with eight minutes left in the first half. Lozito, along with Nick Nilsen, caused chaos in the box all night, and as the Bellows Falls defenders attempted to clear a Nilsen pass close to the goal, the ball skipped off a defender’s leg and put Twin Valley ahead 4-0 going into the second half.
Twin Valley’s coach Buddy Hayford was pleased with the Wildcats’ productivity in the first half. “We played keep-away for the majority of the game, and made them chase us all afternoon,” said Hayford. “They played hard and didn’t roll over, we just didn’t let them in our goalie box all night.”
It was a boring night for Twin Valley goalie Sam Molner who saw two shots come his way all game, along with a few balls played back by the defense. Twin Valley’s offense, on the other hand, took 28 shots, and kept the ball in their offensive third practically all game. Kyle Murdock finished the game in goal for the Wildcats but saw no action.
Twin Valley would get on the board twice more in the second half, first on a shot by Lozito that according to Hayford, “Could have ripped the cover right off the ball.”
Lozito would complete his hat trick and score the final goal with 26 minutes left to play. Nilsen recorded an assist, sending the ball to Lozito off an inbound throw.
The Wildcats improved to 7-1 on the season, and will host Windsor Thursday night at 6 pm and Stratton Mountain on Saturday at 5 pm.