Bulldogs cruise to win Lady Patriot Classic
BENNINGTON — In the Lady Patriot Classic final on Monday night, the Burr and Burton girls soccer team scored in the first four minutes and put on the pressure from there, coming away with the tournament championship after a 5-0 win over rival Mount Anthony.
BBA senior Brooke Woodard, a transfer from Rutland playing in her first Lady Patriot Classic, scored a first-half hat trick and came away with a well-deserved offensive MVP award.
"My first time playing [in the Lady Patriot Classic], it was different coming in, everyone was excited," Woodard said. "The whole BBA fan section goes. We like to focus one game at a time and we did that and executed on the field."
Woodard started the scoring by controlling an errant corner kick and going 1-on-1 against a defender, getting a touch and sneaking it into the side of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Ten minutes later, BBA nearly doubled the lead with a rocket off the crossbar, but Woodard finally scored again in the 19th minute, firing a shot that hit the far post and trickled over the goal line.
"I knew I wanted to showcase my skills, my focus is to go to goal, saw the opportunity open and went over the goalie," Woodard said.
Four minutes later, Maggie Sullivan got into the scoresheet off an assist by freshman Grace Pinkus to make it 3-0.
MAU had a chance in the final few minutes, but it was booted just over the top of the net and out of bounds for a BBA goal kick.
Woodard finished her scoring with 4:35 left in the first half when she controlled a loose ball near the top of the box and fired a lefty shot past Mount Anthony goalie Erika McCarthy.
McCarthy made 10 saves on the night, while Sam Citron, the Bulldog keeper, was called on for three saves.
McCarthy came up big a couple of times in the second half to keep BBA out of the net, coming out on one play in a dangerous no-man's land but making the stop and with 10 minutes left, stopping a pair of BBA chances off a corner kick.
With 1:50 left and as MAU pushed up to look for a score, BBA's Emily Bleakie got a through ball and put it past McCarthy for the final 5-0 score.
"We don't want to forget this game because doing that can lead to it happening again," said MAU coach Mark Boudreau. "A game like this, you see what you have for a team, what things to work on in practice. We don't put these away, if you do, you didn't learn anything, we try to figure out, where did we get exposed and how do we fix it next time, we'll talk about it before practice and go from there."
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