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ST. ALBANS -- Mount Anthony Union High School senior captain Kate Goodell spent much of the first half setting up scoring chances for the 10th-seeded Patriots in Wednesday's Division I girls soccer playoff game.
When that didn't work, Goodell shifted to receiver, and sent the Patriots into the Division I quarterfinals with one perfect chip shot.
With that play, MAU moved on after a 1-0 win.
The Patriots had been unable to get anything past BFA-St. Albans' emergency goalkeeper, Taylor Jackson, for more than a half despite several glorious chances.
The junior midfielder was shifted into goal when senior starter Dani Schreiner was sidelined by illness, and frustrated the Patriots with a series of saves as the visitors had the better of play but no edge on the scoreboard.
But with Goodell sliding to the top of the formation more often in the second half, a defensive breakdown by the Comets left the door wide-open.
Freshman Emily Altland sent a ball in from the right side, past two oncoming defenders to the top of the penalty area, dead-center in front of the BFA goal. Goodell's initial one-time volley was blocked, but on her second try she launched a pinpoint shot that sailed just under the crossbar.
With 25:04 remaining, Mount Anthony's offense finally produced a lead and the Patriot defense went to work protecting it.
It took another 10 minutes, but eventually Comets turned the play around to pressure MAU's midfield, backs and goalkeeper Julie Elwell.
Morgan Laroe sent a dangerous cross in from the right, and with 11 minutes remaining Breanna Dupuis forced Elwell to make her toughest save of the afternoon, quickly reacting to the 15-yard one-timer off a long flip throw-in from Ford.
"As much as that drives me crazy, that's the way things go," MAU coach Mark Boudreau said of BFA's surge. "You tend to relax a little bit when you score and that's when the other team gets their energy. They came out ready. It could have gone the other way very quickly."
BFA had a few more chances as time wound down, but the Patriot defense held to score the victory.
"We just changed formation last week, went to a three-back set because we couldn't score goals," he said. "They've played this for a week, just since last Friday. They've adjusted to it very well."
Jackson was under pressure several times early, but her best stop came while Goodell was orchestrating a series of scoring chances from late in the first half. Goodell got the ball in space 30 yards out and saw Grace Page open on the left flank, sending a through ball to the edge of the box. Page passed up the tough-angle shot, sliding the ball back across the goalmouth, past Goodell to an onrushing Calli Towslee.
The senior drilled a rising shot back toward her left, but Jackson was in the right spot, and blocked the blast to keep the game scoreless.
"Taylor Jackson was amazing today," said BFA coach Jake Toof. "First varsity game, she was awesome. She stopped some shots she had no right saving. She had four beautiful, point-blank saves."
The Comets nearly took the lead late in the first half.
Phoebe Martell-Crawford got free 25 yards out, turned, and lined a shot toward the right side of the goal that left Elwell helpless to do anything but watch. But the ball slammed off the inside of the post, hard enough that it quickly caromed across the goalmouth and out of danger.
Boudreau and Toof came into the match with different expectations, though Boudreau said the Comets' play was familiar.
"As we got toward halftime I said, ‘This team is us.' They play good, aggressive, soccer. It could easily have gone the other way. A very nice team, well-played game. It was as even as we thought it would be."
BFA finishes their season at 9-6, while Mount Anthony improves to 11-4 and faces No. 2 Burlington on Saturday at 2 p.m at Burlington.