South Burlington downs BBA

MANCHESTER - The Burr and Burton Academy girls soccer team was ousted from the playoff picture on Wednesday, suffering a 4-1 defeat by South Burlington.

The Rebels dominated the field for the better portion of the game moving the ball with relative ease.

Junior Shannon Flaherty got the scoring started a little under 10 minutes into the game when she drove one into the back of the upper right corner of the net. About three minutes later, another shot from Shannon Flaherty sailed just wide of the right corner of the goal - one of a few close opportunities that South Burlington (7-6-1) did not capitalize on in the first half.

Less than two minutes later BBA (8-4-2) evened the score when junior forward Katy Jones buried a shot in the back of the net off an assist from freshman Brigid Mulvey.

The goal by BBA was something South Burlington Head Coach Curtis Belton said he felt helped his team regain their focus.

"After that early mistake they gained their composure and they started marking a little bit tighter," he said. "I think we were giving these really strong, fast attackers a little too much room and we kind of clamped down a little bit later."

The Rebels and Bulldogs continued to battle it out until with 15:51 left to go in the first half Sarah Shiman found senior co-captain Allie Flaherty who drilled it into the back of the net to give South Burlington the 2-1 advantage going into the half.

Burr and Burton came out aggressive in the second half moving the ball into Rebel territory. In the 34th minute, BBA's Cara Corvino fired a shot on goal that smacked off the top of the crossbar - narrowly missing an opportunity to knot the game at two apiece. Then, six and a half minutes into the second half, South Burlington sophomore Kayla Gilding provided some breathing room, finding the back of the net to give the Rebels a 3-1 lead.

In a post-game interview, BBA Head Coach Dan DeForest indicated the shot by Corvino could have been a game changer.

"When it was 2-1 we had a ball go off the bar here and if that goes in you don't know [if] it's a different ball game. So, the game can change in a heartbeat and I think that's a little bit what happened when they got their third goal. They got some more confidence," said DeForest.

South Burlington began to dominate the field again midway through the second half, but failed to capitalize on a couple of scoring opportunities - one in particular with 23:11 remaining in the game when two consecutive shots bounced off the crossbar. The score remained 3-1 until the waning moments of the game when Shannon Flaherty scored again off an assist from big sister Allie Flaherty with 6.5 seconds left to play.

After the game, DeForest said the game was what he expected it would be.

"I really give my kids some credit. They did some good things. We expected South Burlington to come down and play a skilled game like they did. They play on the turf up there at home so we expected the short passing and the movement without the ball and that's what they showed us. So, we felt like we were prepared for them." DeForest said. "When we moved the ball quickly they were just a half a step faster than us. Their passes were crisp and clean and accurate and when we put together a few then we gave ourselves some opportunities to score. So, it was the kind of game we expected and again I thought it could have gone either way."

BBA tallied 15 saves on the day and South Burlington's Taylor Gloyd had two saves.


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