“It was a gutsy performance,” said Twin Valley coach Chris Walling. “We were clearly undermanned. At the end, we were tired. You could tell.”
The game started with Leland & Gray controlling much of the tempo of play. The Rebels had a number of scoring opportunities, but Twin Valley’s defense held firm.
With eight minutes left in the first half, Emma Stover notched the first goal of the game. She was able to take a ball from Arin Bates and beat Wildcat keeper Tayler Courchesne to the far post for the score.
The score would stay that way through halftime.
In the second half, Twin Valley tried to rally. They had numerous runs at the Rebel goal, but couldn’t convert.
Wildcat Kylie Reed had a nice turn on the ball at the 18-yard semicircle, hitting a hard shot that Rebel goalkeeper Ellie Longo was able to catch just at the top of her leap.
The Wildcats had another opportunity when Jarret Niles made a strong run up the right side, but Longo dived for the ball and upended Niles, knocking her off the ball and out of scoring position.
Shortly after Niles’ run, Bates was able to give the Rebels some breathing room. She put the ball on her foot, and with some nifty dribbling was able to break clear of the Wildcats’ defense and push a shot past Courchesne for the second score of the match.
“We didn’t have an answer for Arin Bates,” said Walling. “You’ve got to contain her.”
Four minutes later, Sydney Hescock hit a lofted shot from the sideline that sailed over the defense and Courchesne’s outstretched hands for the final score of the match.
The Wildcats had one of their best threats late in the match. Tatyana Bowman hit a corner kick that sailed through the goalie’s box, but Jordyn Bolognani just missed a chance to volley a shot home.
Leland & Gray played without senior goalkeeper Kelsi Bostrom, who was out with an injury. Twin Valley senior sweeper Callie Dix tried to play through an injury, but had to sit out much of the second half.
“Callie was clearly hurt, she’s so beat up,” said Walling. “I thought we played quite well for a good 20-minute stretch. We had players stepping up and producing in spots they weren’t used to playing. I was relatively pleased with the effort and the gutsy performance, even though we didn’t get the win. It’s something hopeful to build on.”
Windsor 2, TV 1
WILMINGTON- It was senior night on Wednesday, and the Twin Valley girls’ varsity soccer team celebrated its four senior players, Tayler Courchesne, Callie Dix, Tatyana Bowman, and Jordyn Bolognani. They and their families were honored before the match with a midfield presentation.
Unfortunately, the team was unable to celebrate a victory, as they dropped a tight 2-1 decision to the visiting Windsor Yellow Jackets.
Bowman scored the only goal for the Wildcats, knocking home a shot 12 minutes into the match. Jarret Niles had the assist.
But Twin Valley had trouble controlling the midfield, which led to two Windsor goals, the last coming with 5:17 left in the match.
“We just couldn’t get another one home,” said Twin Valley coach Chris Walling. “I was hoping we could get a second goal before halftime. They played hard again, but it was the same old story as all season. We can’t seem to punch the ball in the back of the net.”
Twin Valley’s record is 4-8-1. The Wildcats close out the season on Saturday with a road trip to Otter Valley. Game time is 6 pm.