Arlington girls take Werner title, LTS takes third
ARLINGTON — The Arlington girls captured the 12th John Werner Soccer Tournament title with a 3-1 win over Twin Valley on Friday and Head Coach Aaron Wood thinks his team may be hitting its stride.
The first half was tight with both teams having chances, but it was a big stop on Twin Valley's first good opportunity at 19:20 that started to turn the tide for Arlington.
Twin Valley was able to get off a strong shot from the left side that was destined for the right corner of the net, but Arlington keeper Denita Moore dove to her left and was just able to get her left glove on the ball to keep the game scoreless.
"She made that huge save in the first half," Wood said. "It definitely shifted the game."
Wood said the last time the two teams played, a game Twin Valley won earlier this season, they scored on a similar play.
"They finished, that same girl finished it in the last game," Wood said. "This time Denita makes that diving save back to the middle of the goal and it changed the whole game."
Eight minutes later, Arlington took the lead when Lilith Fuchs got the ball on her foot streaking down the right side.
She angled in toward the goal, made a quick stop to shake a defender, and then carried the ball across before unleashing a strike that found the left corner of the net for a 1-0 Arlington lead, which is where things stood at the half.
About 10 minutes into the second half, Arlington took over.
" I think we started to move the ball as a team," Wood said. "We finally started to really attack down their outside. And we just wanted it you know, we out-hustled them. We won the 50/50 balls in the second half of the game."
With 29:59 to play in the second, tournament MVP Lilah Ward fired a hard strike that Hannah Sullivan for Twin Valley initially stopped. But the ball spun out of her grasp and slipped across the goal for the Eagles' second tally.
The teams then traded penalty kicks.
Kylie Reed scored for Twin Valley with 8:47 left when Moore guessed one way and the shot went the other to make it 2-1.
But just three minutes later, Ward picked up her second goal on a penalty kick when she struck a hard, low shot that got under Sullivan to make it 3-1 with 5:50 to play.
The win improves Arlington to 5-4 on the season with a big game at West Rutland on Tuesday.
"We're moving in the right direction with three wins in a row and five of our last six," Wood said. "So hopefully we can just keep improving."
LTS 6, MSJ 1
In the consolation game of the John Warner tournament, Long Trail School dominated Mount St. Joseph Academy 6-1 to improve to 2-6 on the season with both wins coming against the Mounties.
MSJ opened the scoring off a penalty kick but that goal was quickly equalized as senior Kat Dugan got Long Trail on the board to tie it 1-1 with 32.16 to play.
From that point on, it was all Long Trail, getting five goals in the first half from four different players and peppering MSJ keeper Lucy Gallo all game.
Freshman Adriana Grabach put the Mountain Lions ahead when she drilled a rebound into the back of the net at the 27:40 mark and Long Trail's leading scorer Molly Sanderson made it 3-1 with 26:14 left in the first half.
Dugan tallied her second goal of the first period when she dribbled around the left side of the defense, cut back toward the middle and beat Gallo for a 4-1 Long Trail lead with 1:55 left to play in the first.
As MSJ was just trying to survive to the half, Harlow Quail made a move to get herself open with the ball on her foot and drove home the Mountain Lions fifth score with 44 seconds left.
The second half was more of the same, but this time the Mountain Lions struggled to put the ball in the net sending shot after shot wide while keeping up constant pressure.
Mountain Lion keeper Kailyn Ploski-Skinner didn't have to handle a ball in the second half until there was 6:55 left in the game.
Sanderson had the goal of the night with 3:40 to play when she took the ball on the right side, faked a defender and drove home a left-footed strike from 30 yards out for the final 6-1 score.
Mount St. Joseph Academy was honored with the sportsmanship award.
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