WLC wins 3rd in a row
Thursday, September 19, 2013
WILTON – The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls soccer team hadn’t allowed a goal in over two weeks. While that streak came to an end Monday, the Warriors didn’t let it get in the way if a victory.
WLC (3-1) defeated Conant 5-1 in a out-of-division meeting that was controlled by the Warriors in the early and late stages.
“Overall, I thought we played pretty well,” said WLC coach Bill Draper. “We moved the ball pretty well, we started talking a little better. We didn’t take advantage of all the opportunities we had. We were aggressive around the net. Overall, I was pleased with how it turned out.”
The first 10 minutes of the game had the implications of a runaway victory for the Warriors. Lorrie Blais knocked in the first goal when she received a crossing pass from the right corner from Sophie LeVert just 2:34 into the game. Six minutes later, LeVert lobbed a ball from the same corner of the field over the head of Conant (0-4) keeper Bethany Hector (17 saves) for the second score. And just 90 seconds after that, LeVert set up Blais again for a score identical to the first goal.
“The problem was the sweeper was stepping up and we were getting flat,” said Conant coach Whitney Aldrich on the initial goals. “As soon as the ball came in, they were beat.”
Conant emerged for the second half with resilience and was able to keep better pace with the speedy Warriors forwards. Allina Bennett put the Orioles on the board when she collected a rebound off Tesa Simpson and slipped a shot past keeper Cori Balam (three saves). At that point, it was a 3-1 game, but that was a close as it got.
“We were starting to get a little lazy on defense,” Draper said. “When that happened I think they realized we’ve got to keep playing hard.”
The Orioles did not hang onto the momentum for long, as the Warriors gained back their sense of urgency and extended the lead with goals by Sami Bosquet and Kelsey Randlett. The goals were separated by 46 seconds, with a little more than 20 minutes to play.
“The defense started to step it up which made the offense start to step it up,” said Draper.
Along with speed, WLC had experience in hand over the Orioles. Conant has 10 freshmen on its 19-player roster. A couple had no soccer background coming into the season.
“For subs, I’m feeding freshmen in and (Draper) is feeding in juniors and sophomores, so it’s tough to stay with them,” said Aldrich. “There were some good things we were doing. In the second half, we were moving the ball well. We’ve got to learn to trust our teammates to do their job.”
The Warriors were scheduled to travel to Newmarket (4-0) on Wednesday to play last year’s Division IV runnerup.