Assistant Sports Editor
BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School girls soccer team is still trying to work out how to play without their creative sparks in senior captains Kate Goodell and Calli Towslee.
And although the team fell to Mount Greylock (MA) 2-1 on Monday night, coach Mark Boudreau said that the team is taking a step in the right direction.
"Our last game against Rutland, I didn't even recognize the team," Boudreau said. "When you have injuries, you have to get over it. They couldn't mentally get over that. I told them that hopefully that was bottom and we bring it back. This is what I needed to see tonight."
In the first half, the Mounties were able to enjoy much of the possession and work the Patriots back into their defensive zone. In the early going, Mackenzie Flynn looked to have an opening infront of goal, but Rachel Hale was able to clear at the last second.
But around 15 minutes into the contest, the Mounties' hard work paid off, as the team was able to stab home a goal on a corner.
When the ball came into the penalty area, it looked like the Patriots were going to clear it. The ball was pinged out, but fell to a Greylock player at the top of the box. After a few more passes, Melissa Swann teed up Sophie Leamon, who put her shot just inside the right post to make it 1-0.
"This was a good result for us," Greylock coach Tom Ostheimer said. "It was a good result against a good Mount Anthony team."
After the goal, the rest of the half turned into a midfield battle. Neither side was able to create many chances, although Allie Boudreau was able to get a shot off for Mount Anthony that was saved and Leamon had another shot on goal saved by Julie Elwell to keep it 1-0.
"Mount Anthony controlled the middle of the field," Ostheimer said. "They have three or four players that really took it to us. But we were able to keep their breaks to a minimum, our defense was able to clear the ball a lot."
In the second half, the Patriots came out a more confident team. Pushing further and further foward, the team started to create some real scoring chances.
Grace Page was just off target with a pass intended for Chelsea Corrow, then Emily Hunt put in a dangerous looking cross for Page, but Greylock goalie Charlotte Rand was able to snuff out the chance.
"It took the first half for the girls to settle in," Boudreau said. "The second half, it was more confidence being built and them realizing they still have good players out there."
But for as much pressure as the Patriots brought, it was the Mounties that were able to strike first in the half.
In what was a strange looking play, Caroline Flynn found the back of the net on a shot that looked to be in slow motion and also took a glance off of a defender. The ball rolled slowly over the goal line, but no Patriot player was able to clear.
But just 30 second later, the Patriots finally struck.
Hunt, playing down the left wing, put a high arching shot on net which went right over the head of Rand and into the left side netting.
"Emily, she is just a very good player and she is shining right now," Boudreau said. "She is taking a lot upon herself. Today, she realized she had some nice pieces around her and she had a great game."
The Patriots could not find a second goal before the final whistle, however, letting the Mounties leave as 2-1 winners.
The Patriots fall to 4-3 on the year with the loss.