MVCS Boys Look for Improvement After Falling to Twinfield

  • Mid Vermont' Christian's Daniel Roberts.

Valley News Correspondent
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Quechee — The Mid Vermont Christian School boys soccer team fell to Twinfield, 3-1, at home on Wednesday afternoon despite jumping out to an early 1-0 lead.

The Eagles controlled play in a back-and-forth match, coming out of the gates and holding possession throughout the majority of the game. A few balls got behind the Mid Vermont defense, and Trojans made the most of the opportunities, tying the match shortly after the Eagles’ goal and winning the contest with two second-half strikes.

“We have improved (finishing), but our finishing shots and shots on goal were down tonight,” MVCS coach Zach Bryan said.

The Eagles opened up the scoring in the 32nd minute. Josh King’s strong and precise throw up the left side found a streaking Daniel Roberts, who sped past the Trojans’ defender and put the ball away.

“Josh threw it in to me, and it was perfect,” Roberts said. “It went right over the defender’s head, and I was able to cut in around the 18 and let it rip right at the goalie. He got a hand on it, but it still went in.”

The goal increased Roberts’ team-leading tally to nine and was King’s team-best fifth assist on the season.

Three minutes following Roberts’ goal, the Trojans capitalized on a ball that popped out in the box and put it away. Twinfield buried the game-winner with 28 minutes left, then added another goal with just 12 minutes to play to solidify the win.

MVCS controlled much of the play, particularly in the first half, but struggled to find shots, with only two in the opening half and five for the contest. The Eagles controlled the ball more, but struggled with getting clean shots and taking advantage of mistakes.

“I don’t think we were ever really able to find a rhythm,” King said. “We were executing passes pretty well, but no rhythm. We played reactive instead of forcing the issue. We need to just pound the ball in there.”

Scoring and refined play is a skill that comes with time and experience. The Eagles have a very young roster, with four eighth-graders and two freshmen. Roberts and King are the only seniors on the team, but they see the potential, as they also played varsity soccer in eighth grade.

“I think we are the most-talented team we have had,” King said. “It is just a matter of getting bigger and faster. Some of these schools, with a lot of upperclassmen ... can be hard to compete with.”

The Eagles also dropped a 3-1 contest to Twinfield earlier this season.

“We played much better this game,” Bryan said with a smile. “If our team tonight played our team from back then, we would have beaten them severely.”

MVCS (2-6-0) hopes to get back in the win column on Friday at United Christian.