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Buzz is growing for Wasps

  • Woodstock's Hannah Lockhart, left, goalie Emma Tarleton, Sophia Nisimblat, Lara Tarleton and Dillon Moss celebrate their 4-1 win over Thetford on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Thetford, Vt. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to Jennifer Hauck

  • Thetford's Madison Powers watches her shot go past Woodstock goalie Emma Tarleton as Woodstock's Hannah Lockhart defends during their game on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Thetford, Vt. Woodstock won, 4-1. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to Valley News — Jennifer Hauck

  • With one of the officials arriving a few minutes late Thetford Academy players do a little impromptu yoga to stay warmed up before their game with Woodstock on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 in Thetford, VT. Woodstock won 4-1. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

  • Thetford's Madi Mousley and Woodstock's Chloe Masillo battle over control of the ball during their game in Thetford on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Thetford, Vt., Woodstock won 4-1. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to VAlley News photographs — Jennifer Hauck

Valley News Correspondent
Published: 9/21/2021 9:40:26 PM
Modified: 9/21/2021 9:40:28 PM

THETFORD — Hannah Reed celebrated her first career hat trick on Tuesday by adding a fourth goal for good measure. The senior striker’s prolific performance helped lift the Woodstock Union High School girls soccer team over Thetford Academy, 4-1.

“This is very surprising to me,” Reed said after the Wasps improved to 4-0-1. “It feels incredible; it’s like unreal.”

Thetford (2-2-1) was playing catch-up for most of the afternoon after Reed ran onto a ball in the right side of the box, made a move past TA’s freshman goalie, Heidi Hewes and found the back of the net with 8:41 remaining in the first half. She added a second goal less than two minutes later, putting the hosts in a dubious position heading toward halftime.

The tide turned, however, with Panthers defender Madi Mousley blocking a dangerous shot attempt with her body shortly before Madison Powers scored on an assist from Hannah Williams.

Powers took the feed on the left side and crossed the shot back across to the right, beating Wasps keeper Emma Tarleton, who finished with 10 saves.

“I think it starts with our keeper in the back,” said Woodstock coach Greg LaBella. “(She’s a) four-year varsity player; she’s real strong. ... And Izzy (Konijnenberg), she’s a bull in the middle. She’s big. They go to her, she fights ’em off.”

The visitors nearly increased their lead on the last play of the first half before sailing a point-blank shot over the crossbar. Hewes (five saves) got lucky on that play but showcased her netminding chops during the second half by tapping a Chloe Masillo missile over the bar.

Reed continued her big day with goals in the 65th and 86th minutes.

Powers did her best to add another goal for TA down the stretch, but she was matched up front by a strong defensive effort from Hannah Lockhart and company.

LaBella praised his team — which doesn’t play another game until Sept. 28 at Brattleboro — for spreading the field after overcoming some initial congestion.

“It’s kind of hard to get going on this field,” he said. “It’s very tight, a lot of bouncing balls around. ... It’s really narrow, and you can see the ball go out of bounds a lot, so we had to kind of like really be vigilant with getting the ball across the field. But we did that, I was very comfortable and I like that we were getting opportunities.

“When we played the small congestion game, it was just a little bit unnerving.”

Woodstock’s lone goal scorer on Tuesday reflected on the soccer journey she and her teammates have undergone.

“It’s been a really long run for me,” Reed said. “Obviously, previous years we haven’t done so good, so this is like the first season that everything’s just connecting.

“It’s like little Lego pieces. We just sort of figured it out like the first and second game and I think, from there, we’ve just sparked, and it’s been really good.”

The Panthers, who hadn’t faced Woodstock in a varsity game during coach Dave Williams’ six-year tenure, will try to regroup at Harwood on Thursday.

“I think the girls are talking about their intensity,” Williams said. “It’s like coming out from the get-go, playing with the right kind of intensity and teamwork. And you know we have, just to say, they’ve been dealing with a couple of key injuries, and kind of shifting.

“We started out the season with this and then we’ve kind of had to adjust to a couple of injuries, so that’s part of the thing we’re working on.”

Notes: Both teams attempted three corner kicks. ... LaBella attributed assists to Konijnenberg, Chloe Masillo, Abi Masillo and Leah Kuhnert. ... Twelve of the 20 players on Woodstock’s roster are seniors.

… The game started 10 minutes late due to a linesman who was foiled by a road detour. TA employed its golf cart to help expedite the official’s commute from the parking lot uphill to the soccer field.

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