BENNINGTON — Burr and Burton girls soccer defeated Mount Anthony 1-0 on Thursday. The lone goal came off the foot of Charlotte Connolly in the 38th minute of the second half.
MAU set the tone out of the gates, controlling the ball for the majority of the first half. Despite putting up eight shots in the first 40 minutes, the game remained tied at halftime.
The second half saw a swing in momentum, as BBA took less than two minutes to get on the scoreboard on Connolly's score. The Bulldogs had the ball on MAU's side of the field for a lot of the second half, flipping the script entirely.
Defensively, BBA was able to shutout the Patriots off a strong game from their goalkeeper Carol Herbert. Herbert tallied 11 saves.
"Carol is a rock back there," BBA head coach Suzanne Mears said.
Lexi Gerow also had a very strong game in net, registering eight saves for MAU.
"She played great tonight, she had one mistake," said MAU coach Aaron Wood.
The Bulldogs nearly struck first in the 25th minute. Willa Bryant controlled the ball off a corner and fired a shot at the MAU goal, but placed it just a little to high as it hit off the crossbar.
BBA did a great job of talking to one another on the field. Strong communication is an emphasis for her team, according to Mears.
"It's something that we can control, and something that is going to only help us be successful," Mears said.
MAU had two opportunities to score in the final minute, trying to even up the score. Linnaia Connell had two good throw-ins near BBA's goal that had the potential to set up a game-tying goal. The Bulldogs defense finished strong and were able to knock the ball away from the goal and seal the victory in their first game of the season.
The game was physical at times. A double yellow card was issued in the first half after BBA's Connolly brought MAU's Chloe Cichanowski to the ground as the two were battling for the ball. Connolly was issued a yellow card for a "reckless" play, while Cichanowski was given one for "language" according to the referee.
Arguably MAU's best chance at a goal came in the 28th minute of the second half. Haley Breese fired a shot as Herbert slid forward and made the save. Herbert was unable to gain possession of the ball, which bounced back to Breese, who fired another shot which was wide right of the empty goal.
Wood knows this is a long season, and hopes to build on MAU's efforts in their season opener.
"I liked the chances we created tonight," Wood said. "We'll keep improving as the year goes on, and hopefully when we see Burr and Burton again, we can try and come up with a little different result at the end of the night."