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Yellowjackets Cope With Start of Another Rebuilding Cycle

Windsor — For a long time, the Windsor High boys soccer team has seen its successful seasons come at the end of building cycles. The Jacks groom young players with the hopes that when they reach the upper classes, winning seasons will follow. That’s what happened several years ago, when a team led by Tanner Dana and Tanner Tibbits won just four games in their first two years, but by the time they were older, they made it to the Vermont Division III semifinals in 2011.

Those growing pains are happening in Windsor this fall, as the Yellowjackets fell to Twin Valley 9-0 in a Marble Valley League game Wednesday at MacLeay-Royce Field.

“It’s not that we’re giving up on the season, not at all, but we pay a price for our youth,” Windsor coach Andy Tufts said.

“We have some older guys here, and we hope the young guys learn from them so we can get better this year and the years ahead.”

Both teams have now played three games, and both teams had played Otter Valley, which beat Windsor 6-0 and lost to Twin Valley 6-0. Consequently, the writing was kind of the wall as to what was going to happen Wednesday.

On top of that, Twin Valley is loaded. The Wildcats (3-0) and have outscored the opposition 15-0.

“You know, we have some key players in key positions and this team thinks it can go a long way this season and I do too,” Twin Valley coach Buddy Hayford said.

The Twin Valley roster lists 14 upperclassmen (seven seniors, seven juniors), and Hayford said they can be moved around.

“We can be real flexible, and that’s a big help,” said Hayford.

“We’ve still got plenty of things to work on, but if we stay healthy we can do some good things.”

Twin Valley scored in the first three minutes, and by the half had an 7-0 lead. The Wildcats ended with a 25-3 advantage in shots on goal.

But there was no boasting about the victory, as Hayford realizes that Windsor has to deal with a school that offers football in the fall — a fall sport that is not offered at Division IV Twin Valley.

“I know they do the best they can here at Windsor,” said Hayford.

After getting seven first-half goals, Twin Valley got just two goals in the second half against freshman Windsor keeper Will Jaarsma.

“Not only do our young guys have to learn rapidly, but let’s hope as the season goes along they can step up,” Tufts said.

Stevens comes to Windsor for a 4:30 game on Tuesday.