Wahconah girls soccer uses potent offense to top Colonels

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BENNINGTON, Vt. — In the first round of the Lady Patriot Classic tournament, the Wahconah girls soccer team had trouble finding the back of the net and it resulted in a loss.

Saturday night, in the tournament consolation game, the Warriors had no such trouble.

Wahconah used a powerful offensive attack to beat Brattleboro 7-0 at Mount Anthony Union High School.

The Warriors didn't waste much time finding the back of the net once the initial whistle blew.

About five minutes into play, junior Jilly Cote took a shot from just inside the midfield line and chipped Brattleboro keeper Eliyah Petrie for the first score.

That was the start of a dominating day for Wahconah.

Eight minutes later, Cote scored again off an indirect kick.

The next three across a 15-minute stretch, two of which scored by Hannah Bowlby and the other an own goal, were all off of corners. All three of those corners were taken by Cote and she's credited with two assists on the day.

Warriors coach Meghan Smith was impressed with her teams ability to execute on those set pieces, along with being in sync on the field.

"Everything we've been working on at practice we saw tonight," Smith said. "Getting those straight balls to the forwards and having our midfield cross the ball a little sooner was key. I was really impressed with those pieces coming together and us firing on the net and crashing the net."

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Junior Noelle Furlong had the final goal of the first half and scored the lone goal of the second half with 28 minutes to play in regulation.

Three different players made up scoring output for the Warriors and each of those girls plays a different position on the field.

Smith's team prides itself on having scoring threats up and down the field.

"Every field player has a job and has a task. We use everybody," Smith said.

The Warriors outshot the Colonels by a very healthy margin and Petrie was busy all day long in goal for Brattleboro, making 11 saves.

The lone negative for Wahconah was that sophomore forward Sadie Anderson went down with a leg injury early in the contest, following hard contact in the box.

Anderson came out after the play, and Smith hopes with some rest, she'll be ready to go again soon.

"[Sadie] has heart and she has drive and she wanted to do her job for her team," Smith said. "It was bothering her, so hopefully with some good rest and some days off, she'll come back sooner rather than later."

Wahconah (1-1) returns to action on Friday when it travels to play Cardinal Spellman at 3 p.m.

Adam Aucoin can be reached at aaucoin@benningtonbanner.com and followed at @AAucoin_Banner on Twitter.


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