Assistant Sports Editor
BENNINGTON -- There can be long stretches of time in a soccer match where nothing really happens.
But in a flash, everything can happen.
After the first 59 minutes were scoreless between Mount Anthony Union High School and Burr and Burton Academy, the Patriots scored three goals in the next four minutes to win the Lady Patriot Classic 3-1 on Saturday night.
"It is great [to win the tournament]," said coach Mark Boudreau. "I think it is a little sweeter for them because they have never won it."
The scoring started with 22 minutes left in the game. Sophomore Grace Page was inside the BBA penalty area when she tried to pass to Meghan Bishop. The ball bounced off of Bishop and back to Page who gave the ball one more touch towards the end line. The shot deflected off of BBA keeper Joanna Jorgensen and into the net.
Then, just 45 seconds later, Kate Goodell doubled the Patriots' lead with a long shot from outside of the penalty area. The ball arched high, but when it came back down it was inside the left side netting.
"Coach was telling us it was wet out, even if you are 30 yards out, take a shot," Goodell said. "I usually try to take it in, but I shot that one."
Then, three minutes later, Emily Altland added the final Patriots goal off a Page assist.
The Bulldogs avoided the shutout with 11 minutes left when Jordan Harmon scored off of a corner kick from Kate Cottrell.
"It was a great game," Bulldogs coach Dan DeForest said. "It was a question of who was going to get a break."
The first break fell to the Bulldogs, but they couldn't take advantage.
Right after the start of the second half, the Bulldogs were awarded a corner but Harmon's shot went off of the post.
"She is one of our biggest offensive threats," DeForest said of Harmon. "She has a nose for finishing. We get that header and who knows what happens."
In the first half of the game, both teams were able to create chances but were unable to capitalize.
The Patriots saw nice link-up plays between Page and both Keira and Kate Goodell present opportunities only for Jorgensen come up with saves. MAU almost scored when Kate Goodell saw a goal-bound shot hit out at the last minute by the BBA defense.
"I think both defenses were fantastic all night long," DeForest said.
For the Bulldogs, Katy Jones and Emma Hallett had good efforts saved by Alexis Wright. The Patriots were also able to use their defensive awareness to get out of a few jams.
"Every position is a layer," Boudreau said. "They communicate back there and cover for each other. When we get beat at one layer, we have the speed to recover."
The Patriots move to 2-0 on the season after winning the tournament, while the Bulldogs are now 1-2. Wright was named the defensive player of the tournament, and the offensive nod went to the Patriots' Calli Towslee.