N.H. rolls in 2nd half to take women’s win

Rutland Herald
Published: 7/20/2019 10:20:55 PM
Modified: 7/20/2019 10:20:53 PM

CASTLETON, Vt. — The Vermont team could easily identify where they it the women’s half of the Lions Twin State Soccer Cup, a 3-1 setback to New Hampshire in Saturday’s annual all-star game pitting the recent high graduates of the two states.

The Vermonters dominated the first half and had the far superior scoring chances but failed to capitalize and went to halftime locked in a scoreless tie.

“We had our chances,” Vermont coach Carolynn Hamilton said.

They were quality chances at that. The first one came when Vergennes’ Ciara McClay nailed a hard shot that was ticketed for the far corner only to have New Hampshire goalie Katie Lorden deny her with a diving save.

Then it was Tatum Shappy threatening. Milton’s all-time leading goal scorer worked herself into a one-on-one situation with Lorden and had a great look but shot wide.

Shappy had another attempt that went just over the bar, and there was another near miss off the foot of CVU’s Sydney Jimmo in the waning seconds of the half. Jimmo’s shot whistled just wide of the far post.

But instead of having a two- or three-goal lead, the Vermonters were in a stalemate, and New Hampshire came out breathing fire in the second half.

“We came out with a lot of energy in the first half. I think we still had a lot of energy in the second half, but New Hampshire had more,” Vermont goalie Elise Magro said.

Magro did all she could do, keeping the net empty during the first half before giving way to Milton keeper Madison North.

Magro was presented the 12th Player Award after the game.

She credited Burr and Burton Academy’s Aisha Navarette and Peoples Academy’s Lily Metzler with making some big defensive stops in that opening 45 minutes.

“I didn’t have a lot of shots on me, but that was because I had a really great defense in front of me,” Magro said.

Then came the second half, and the nets began to look bigger. It did not take long for the scoring to begin, Concord’s Grace Devanny sending a low shot into the corner at the 5:13 mark.

Vermont answered eight minutes later. Shappy drew Vermont even with Metzler getting the assist.

The rest of the day belonged to the Granite Staters. Milford’s Ashleih Matsis scored with 20:14 remaining. Bow’s Amanda Marshall then scored with an assist from Stevens High School’s all-time leading scorer, Audrey Puksta, with 7:57 to play.

Devanny was named the New Hampshire MVP, and Shappy collected the award for Vermont. Mattis was the recipient of the New Hampshire 12th Player Award.

The Sportsmanship Award takes into account the way a players conducts herself not only during the game but during the entire camp, which opened Thursday morning.

Trinity’s Hannah Jaworski took home that trophy for New Hampshire, and Oxbow’s Zoe Barton was the Vermont recipient.

“I think both teams played with a lot of energy,” New Hampshire coach Rick Morgan said.

That was high praise on a day when oppressive heat and humidity baked the artificial surface of Dave Wolk Stadium. The officials called for water breaks in each half.

“I think we just kind of figured things out in the second half,” Morgan said. “We changed our formation and then they changed their formation, so we had to change ours again. It’s hard when you only have a couple of days of camp. I think we just figured things out in the second half.”

Notes: Mount Abraham’s Dustin Corrigan will be the Vermont head coach next year after serving as one of Hamilton’s assistants. ... It was the second straight win for New Hampshire and the Granite Staters lead the series 19-13-5. ...This was the second straight year the game was held at Castleton. The 2020 venue has not been determined.

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