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ConVal girls notch first win of season

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Trinity on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Trinity on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Trinity on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Trinity on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Trinity on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, September 25, 2017 5:57PM

Izzy Wilder and the ConVal girls have a message for the rest of the division — be afraid, be very afraid.

“I think teams look at us and underestimate us because we haven't won a game,” Wilder said, “but they should be afraid.”

That became evident on Friday when the Cougars beat Trinity for ConVal’s first win of the season.

“We're a strong team, we have a lot of really talented players on there and a lot of drive,” said co-captain Maddie Garland. “I think something clicked today.”

ConVal looked good from the get-go, scoring the first goal of the game and not letting up until they had a 4-0 victory.

“I think scoring the first goal right off the bat really boosted our confidence,” Wilder said, “because we haven't done that since preseason. I think once that moment happened we knew we had this game.”

ConVal got two goals from Lindsey Carey, one each from Brooke Ellis and Skye Civitella, and a shutout from goalie Sarah Dauphinais.

After losing 16 of their past 24 games by just one goal, a cushion was just what the Cougars needed.

“You know, we haven't felt comfortable in a game all year,” said coach Curt Martens, “so to get out and enjoy it and not feel that fire burning to get back in the game ... it felt good, high spirits. From the start we looked the better team and there was kind of no doubt that we were going to get it.”

ConVal has tough games upcoming; they’re at Merrimack Valley (7-2) today at 4 p.m. and then host Conant (7-2) Thursday at 4 p.m. The Cougars hope their success continues after a weekend where they could enjoy their success knowing they’ve turned the page on the frustrating start for the season.

“All of us have been working really hard to this point and it's awesome to take home a W on homecoming weekend, especially a shutout,” said captain Shea Ellis.

Sports Editor Ben Conant can be reached at 924-7172,ext. 226 or bconant@ledgertranscript.com.