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Girls Soccer

Warriors cruise past Conant, 5-1

WLC earns third straight win, while Orioles collect first goal of the season

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls soccer team defeated Conant 5-1 on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls soccer team defeated Conant 5-1 on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls soccer team defeated Conant 5-1 on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls soccer team defeated Conant 5-1 on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls soccer team defeated Conant 5-1 on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls soccer team defeated Conant 5-1 on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls soccer team defeated Conant 5-1 on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls soccer team defeated Conant 5-1 on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls soccer team defeated Conant 5-1 on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls soccer team defeated Conant 5-1 on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls soccer team defeated Conant 5-1 on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls soccer team defeated Conant 5-1 on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls soccer team defeated Conant 5-1 on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls soccer team defeated Conant 5-1 on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

The last two meetings between the Wilton-Lyndeborough and Conant girls soccer team ended in double overtime ties.

So Monday’s first of two games this season was a bit of a feeling out process to see how the 2013 series would go. The early results show an edge to the Warriors.

WLC scored three first half goals and two more over the final 40 minutes to pick up a 5-1 victory over the visiting Orioles.

“We were just pumped up for the game because we tied both games last year and we wanted to win this game,” said WLC senior Sophie Levert.

The Warriors have come a long way since their season opening eight-goal loss to Sunapee and had won three straight entering Wednesday’s trip to undefeated Newmarket. The five goals against Conant marked a season-high and prior to the Orioles’ second half tally, the Warriors had a stretch of five scoreless halves.

“We’re heading in the right direction,” said WLC coach Bill Draper. “We did some good things. Was it all perfect? No, but we’ll keep plugging away at it.”

And that goal for the Orioles, scored by senior Allina Bennett, snapped a stretch of three and a half games without a goal to start the season.

“I told the team we were going to go out there and score a goal and we did,” said Bennett.

But with the loss, Conant fell to 0-4 overall.

“This year we’re just trying to do the best we can,” said Bennett. “This is a really young team.”

The first game last year resulted in a 2-2 tie, while the other went 100 minutes without either side scoring a goal. But this time around, the Warriors took the advantage early and ran with it.

It took less than three minutes for junior Lorrie Blais to put WLC ahead 1-0. LeVert got the ball deep in Conant’s end and sent a perfect cross just past the outstretched arms of freshman goalie Bethany Hector and Blais was there to tap it home.

“I think we’re starting to pass really well and becoming a team,” said LeVert. “We’re getting better.”

Just past the eight minute mark, LeVert made another run down the right side and looked as though she would make another cross to the front of the net. But instead she chipped one over Hector and into the left netting for a 2-0 lead.

Before Conant had a chance to react, LeVert was making another charge at the Orioles’ defense and this time Hector got her hands on the shot, only to have it slip by and Blais head it home.

With three goals in the opening 10 minutes, the Warriors had complete control and cruised into halftime with a three-goal lead.

“The first 10 minutes we did everything exactly the way we wanted to do it,” said Draper.

The Orioles never really got anything going offensively in the first half, but had a better showing in the second half.

“There’s still a lot of work to do,” said Conant coach Whitney Aldrich. “But the positive thing was that we looked a lot better than we did in the last game.”

Jessie Mascitti forced WLC keeper Cori Balam to dive for a save early in the second, but Balam was unable to do the same when Bennett tucked a low shot toward the left corner to make it a 3-1 game.

“Usually we get pretty pumped up after halftime and finally play better in the second half,” said Bennett.

The Warriors responded following Conant’s first goal of the year. Senior Sami Bosquet scored just past the midway point of the second half against freshman keeper Esther Varnum and junior Kelsey Randlett’s goal made it 5-1.

Balam made four saves in the win, while Hector and Varnum combined for 16 stops.

WLC travels to Farmington on Friday. Conant hosts Pelham on Tuesday.

“We’ve got eight days off and a lot of stuff to work on,” said Aldrich.

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