2020-10-06-RUSSELL

Burr and Burton's Rowan Russell sets for a kick during the second half of Friday's 4-0 victory over Stratton Mountain School.

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STRATTON — The Burr and Burton girls soccer team improved to 2-0 on their young season with a 4-0 victory over Stratton Mountain School on Monday.

All four of BBA's goals were scored in the first half of play. Charlotte Connolly continued her strong start for the Bulldogs, contributing two scores and an assist. Connolly showed an aggressive play style throughout.

BBA coach Suzanne Mears said that Connolly's aggressive approach sets the tone for the rest of the team.

"She's a worker, she always gives 110% out there," said Mears. "She kind of has this presence about herself that others want to play with."

Alair Powers scored her first goal of the season for BBA, and Isabelle Connolly scored off a free kick for the Bulldogs.

One area that Mears wanted her team to focus on after their 1-0 victory over Mount Anthony on Thursday was playing more aggressive and challenging goal kicks from the opposition. That focus in practice clearly translated to the field on Monday, as BBA gained possession on many SMS goal kicks, creating great scoring opportunities.

The fundamentals take on even greater meaning in any teams opening few games, and that looks like a real strength for BBA. Their ability to control the ball on offense through dribbling, simple passes, and even cross-field passes allows the offense to flow smoothly.

Defensively, it seems like their is always a BBA defender there to stop any break the opposition may have. On Monday, those opportunities were few for SMS, but when they were attacking the Bulldogs, BBA was able to come up with the defensive stop.

Through two games, the Bulldogs have yet to let up a score.

Carol Herbert anchors the defense as the teams goalkeeper. BBA also got strong goalie play from their backup, Olivia Berg, who played part of the second half and made a few strong saves while showing an aggressive approach. Berg came out of the goal a few times while on the field to stop a SMS break. Had she not made the play, the goal was wide open and a score was a strong possibility, but each time Berg was able to stop the SMS attack, keeping the shutout streak alive for BBA.

Mears is happy to have a backup goalie, something BBA didn't have in 2019.

"When we have times to create opportunities for both, then we're going to do that," Mears said. "She had some good saves, she's an aggressive goalie."

SMS's best chance at a score came off a corner late in the second half. A beautifully placed ball found the head of a SMS player, but there was too much power on the header attempt, and the ball soared above the crossbar.


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