BBA girls overrun Brattleboro Colonels

MANCHESTER - The BBA Girls Varsity Soccer team defeated division rival Brattleboro Union High School 4-1 on in a game that saw a number of BBA's players get in on the act.

"It was four different goal scorers, which was big. That's important," said BBA Head Coach Dan DeForest. "That's the kind of team we are. We don't have like, stop one kid and you stop our offense. We want it to be 'you can stop that one, but then someone else is going to pick that up.' It was a nice team effort today. Everybody played a good game."

BBA (5-2-2) got the scoring started a little over 10 minutes into the game when BBA sophomore forward Daisy Sullivan turned the corner, beating her defender and firing a shot into the upper left corner of the net to give Burr and Burton the 1-0 lead.

With 10:59 left to go in the half BBA struck again when Dierdre Walsh got the ball ahead to Jordan Harmon who headed it in to put the Bulldogs on top 2-0.

Brattleboro (4-5-0) had a chance to cut the lead in half with 5:08 left to play in the first. With BBA's keeper coming out of the goal toward the ball, Brattleboro curled a shot from the left wing toward the right corner of the BBA goal.

The shot - which was knocked away by Burr and Burton - was rebounded by Brattleboro whose second effort sailed wide right of the goal. At halftime, DeForest said he stressed the importance of applying pressure in the second half.

"We had played a really great first half of soccer, but that was forty minutes and the game's eighty minutes," said DeForest. "So we needed to come out and play the second half with that same intensity. That two nothing lead is just a tough lead because if it's one nothing everybody knows it's still a game, but two nothing sometimes you sit back on your heels a little bit. So we thought it was important that we come out and assert ourselves again early on in the second half."

BBA came out strong at the beginning of the second half, putting two shots on goal before senior midfielder Meghan Kardas got the ball from Sullivan and buried it in the right corner of the Colonels goal with just under 12 minutes into the half to make it 3-0 Bulldogs.

The Colonels refused to go silently into the night though. With 17:54 remaining in the half senior midfielder Halie Lange - one of the teams three captains - brought the ball down the left wing and drove it into the lower left corner of the net.

"I got the ball about around the midline and there were only about three defenders back, they got caught a little forward, so I decided to take it by myself and I just beat two defenders and ended up having a sliding shot and it snuck in the close post," said Lange. "It was a lucky finish, but it was a good run down the field. It took a little bit of skill."

It didn't take long before BBA got the goal back. With 16:26 left to play senior forward Cara Corvino took a pass from senior midfielder Meg Chandler on the left wing and curled a shot into the right corner of Brattleboro's goal to put them on top 4-1.

A shot off of a free kick late in the game by Lange almost cut the lead in half, but the shot smacked off the crossbar.

"If you look at the whole game they were a little faster, a little quicker, [they had] a little better ball control, a little swifter passing. I think they deserved to win for sure," said Brattleboro Head Coach Edwin de Bruijn. "But I told them (Brattleboro) at halftime this is a team [that] we're going to see this quality in the playoffs. It's a good test for us."


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