Girls' Soccer - JV
vs.
Williston Northampton School
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Away
Williston Northampton School
Win 4-2
72 and not a cloud in the sky the Taft Rhinos took the field hungry for a win. Coming off of their last game with a tie, the girls vowed to come out fired up against a skilled Williston Northampton team. Co-Captain Lily Cook started in goal and showed tremendous fight and hustle. She totaled 6 saves, one of which was a courageous dive and deflection. Stirling Thompson, Julia Low, and Annabelle Wyman were key for us up top applying the pressure we needed to be an offensive threat. Co-captain Kyra McNerney had her first goal of the game from around the 23, a well-struck beautifully lofted ball found its way over a Williston goalie caught off her line. Williston struck back quickly though, and evened out the score. Defensively Taft was focused, finding stalwarts Blake Gray, Piper Desorcie, Leigh Root, Hannah Eliot, and Sam Ouellette rotating, pressuring, and covering each other’s positions relatively seamlessly throughout the match. Kate Vermylen was essential for the Rhinos today and like a true all around midfielder played hard on both the attacking and defensive ends relentlessly. McNerney’s second goal came at a pivotal moment for the Rhinos. McNerney was set up by the versatile and explosive Janse Schoonmaker, who fought her way down the wing; Schoonmaker, about to beat her girl, was taken down by a defender right outside the Williston box. McNerney stepped right up and lofted a free kick into the net. The score was 2-1 at the end of the half. Annabelle Wyman took the goal for the Rhinos in the second half and had 6 saves. As a winger, Olivia Dumont had several good runs and distributed some deft passes, creating opportunities for the offense. Angie Han had some inspiring tackles against several a Williston player on the wing for us today as well - displaying her prowess. Kyra’s third goal of the game came from some confident individual work right around the top of Williston’s 18-yard box. She struck the ball with her right foot and as the ball launched in trajectory it appeared to be going just wide of the opposite post, but at the last second arched to hit the inside post and ricochet into the net. Williston was able to score one more goal, coming back within one, but then some magic happened: Hollen Spain collected the ball not soon after a Taft defensive stance and launch of a counter attack; Hollen clinically turned, elbowed, and dribbled to the outside, past the last defender, just inside the opposing team's 18-yard box. Spain was free with just enough time to shoot and took a rocket of a shot, drilling the ball with her left foot low and into the side netting. Ruckus cheers ensued as the lower mid Hollen Spain scored her first goal of the season. With the final score reading 4-2, Taft outshot the Wildcats 14 shots to 9 shots. Excellent leadership, and encouraging words were displayed and delivered by Reese Bragg and Co-Captain Charlotte Powell. The Rhinos are now 3-1-5 and travel to Deerfield for a 3PM match this Saturday. Come out and support.