shoulder to shoulder

Twinfield’s Navinga Stewart, right, and Blue Mountain’s Emma Dennis battle for possession during Friday’s matchup.

MARSHFIELD — Eva Hebert scored the game-winning goal in the 70th minute Friday, lifting the Twinfield girls soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Blue Mountain.

Blue Mountain pulled ahead when Morgan Beck found the back of the net in the first half. Twinfield’s Ava Wilson scored her first goal of the season at the end of the first half, burying a free-kick service from Navinga Stewart. The match was almost headed to overtime before Hebert delivered some late-game fireworks.

“Eva started off as a center back throughout the game and then I put her up top,” Trojans coach Seth Wilmott said. “With 10 minutes left a ball went to her and she took a few touches toward the goal. It was good shoulder-to-shoulder battle between her and the center back, and Eva held her ground and stayed on her feet. And then she put it into the right side with a shot on the ground.”

Goalie Delaney Fowler made 11 saves for the Trojans. Kaitlyn Andress, Jordan Brimblecombe, Aleacya Moshinskie, Trineil Deschamps and Hebert helped solidify Twinfield’s defense.

“I dropped Kaitlyn Andress back from the midfield to put more strength in the back line,” Wilmott said. “But we wanted to keep the ball moving around. Our mindset was: If they don’t have it, they don’t have a chance to score. And it was the best soccer that I’ve seen the team play in the three years I’ve been here. We weren’t panicked, we weren’t doing silly fouls and we weren’t forcing things. We were looking to connect instead of just pushing forward and trying to run.”

Twinfield (3-4) will travel to play Blue Mountain at 4 p.m. Monday.

BOYS SOCCER

Harwood 1, Lake Region 0

DUXBURY — Finn O’Hara scored on a Cole Hill assist in the third minute Friday and Highlanders goalie Ollie Hammond made five saves during his fourth shutout of the season.

“It was a nice, gritty win in a lot of ways,” Harwood coach Joe Yalicki said. “We struggled to play possession out of the back early on and Lake Region pressed us hard. We didn’t perfect that, but everyone was coachable and able to make good adjustments throughout the game. Lake Region plays hard, and we were up for the challenge in the middle of the field. And we played good enough to hold them off with the lead for the duration of the game.”

The Highlanders improve to 5-2-1 after snapping the Rangers’ five-match unbeaten streak. Lake Region (5-2-1) will host Thetford at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Harwood will travel to play Lamoille the same day.

“I am still asking for lots of improvement from the cognitive side of the game,” Yalicki said. “Many players played into pressure today or didn’t locate the right spaces to attack. But we needed the win, so we’ll take it. Lake Region is too well-coached not to be around awhile this post-season.”

Missisquoi 3, Spaulding 1

SWANTON — A trio of second-half goals guided the Thunderbirds past the Crimson Tide on Friday.

Goalie Kent Barcomb made nine saves for Spaulding, while Missisquoi goalie Kyle Gilbert stopped three shots. The match was scoreless at halftime before MVU opened the second half with two quick goals. Spaulding’s Levi Hilton-VanOsdall scored on an assist from Ryan Glassford, closing the gap to 2-1. The Thunderbirds (2-7-1) added a late insurance goal to snap a four-game losing skid.

“Grant Otis played a strong defensive game and Kent made some good saves to keep us in it,” Spaulding coach Ben Taylor said.

The Crimson Tide (0-8) will host Vergennes at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Twinfield 2, Blue Mountain 0

MARSHFIELD — Gavin Fowler scored in the opening minute and the Trojans never looked back Friday.

”Blue Mountain’s keeper, Ethan Gilding, made a great save on a shot from Remy Mass, but Gavin was there to knock it back in,” Trojans coach Peter Straman said.

Paolo Rovetto extended the lead to 2-0 in the 64th minute after working a slick give-and-go with teammate Fabrizio Gamboa. Trojans keeper Jordyn Holt (six saves) earned his second shutout of the season.

”Our back line of Alec Moran, Bradley Duke, Aiden Morse and Brody Moran did an excellent job holding them off and closing down Blue Mountain’s attacking opportunities,” Stratman said. “Both teams played hard and were well-matched. I was proud of our guys for maintaining their composure and locking down a good win.”

Blue Mountain’s keeper Noah Vaillancourt made four saves. Twinfield (5-2) will face Blue Mountain at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

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