Posted Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:18 pm
By Adam Aucoin, Bennington Banner
ARLINGTON — For all intent and purposes, Long Trail and Twin Valley played a pretty even game Wednesday afternoon in the opener of the 12th annual John Werner Tournament.
Despite strong play from LTS, it was the Wildcats that came out on top on the scoreboard, beating the Mountain Lions 3-1 at Werner Field.
“We played probably our best game of the year, I would say,” said LTS girls soccer coach Kevin Murphy. “We were trying a new formation today and it worked out well. The girls played to and through the ball. It made a big difference.”
There wasn’t much to separate the two teams as possession was pretty much equal and the Wildcats had just two more shots than LTS.
In the end, Twin Valley put home a pair of chances in the first half when the Mountain Lions couldn’t and that made all the difference.
Twin Valley junior Sadie Boyd started the scoring with about 27 minutes to play in the first half.
LTS had a chance to knot the score when Molly Sanderson did a great job of flipping the ball past her defender and got out in space with just the keeper in front of her. She took a shot and Wildcats keeper Hannah Sullivan was game, making a save to her right.
“We had a lot of opportunities, especially in the first half. We capitalize on one of those and it changes the whole game,” Murphy said.
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