BENNINGTON - With the Vermont girls soccer playoffs right around the corner, Burr and Burton Academy coach Dan DeForest called Tuesday night's game against Mount Anthony "a tournament-type atmosphere."

The Bulldogs' Kate Cottrell scored the only goal 10 minutes into the game and the defense made it stand up in a 1-0 win that could be a playoff preview.

"That's the nature of the game with MAU, it's not real high scoring . . . both teams have good offense, but you're never quite sure. But both defenses are solid," DeForest said.

Off a corner kick by Daisy Sullivan, Cottrell worked her way to the middle of the box and volleyed the ball past MAU goalie Alexis Wright.

"It was a set play, a corner kick and you have a good opportunity on those plays," DeForest said. "It was a good ball [from Daisy] and a good finish on the volley kick, no chance for the keeper."

He cited Katy Jones, setting up the play with an aggressive move to get a corner seconds before Sullivan and Cottrell hooked up.

Mount Anthony had opportunities to find the equalizer, but were unable to convert.

In the second half alone, Grace Page had a chance with 25 minutes left that went begging past the near post.

Five minutes later, Emily Hunt's direct kick was just over the frame.

"They didn't do anything different from the first half," said MAU coach Mark Boudreau. "It's a game that frustrates the crap out of you. We outplayed them in the first half, they scored and we didn't."

MAU's best chance came on a corner with less than four minutes remaining.


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The ball was shot toward the box, where at least three Patriots got a foot to the ball, but the BBA defense was up to the challenge and mercifully cleared the ball out of the penalty area.

"I was kicking, dancing and swinging on the sidelines, I can't help it," Boudreau said. "It's exciting. This is a team of heart, [they give] every bit of effort in every play."

DeForest said his team works on those plays in practice.

"Everyone was on it, on the goal side of the players, so there was no clear opening to attack," DeForest said.

BBA is 9-4 with their final game on Thursday against Springfield.

"Our goal, we'd love to have 10 wins right now," DeForest said. "Then we'll see where that puts us in the tournament, we could play MAU again. These are the quality teams you have to compete against."

MAU drops to 6-7 and travels to Woodstock to try to reach .500 before the Division I playoffs begin.

"I'm not sure if we'll have a home game, but we have the wins to be in the playoffs," Boudreau said. "Even though we lost, we played well today, we can go on a positive note."