Gauthier's PK holds up for Mount Anthony

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BENNINGTON — On Saturday, Mount Anthony girls soccer senior captain Kaidin Gauthier missed a penalty shot during the Lady Patriot Classic final against Burr and Burton.

But with eight minutes left in the first half on Wednesday against Stratton Mountain at Spinelli Field, Gauthier had another chance.

"I'm glad to put one in after I missed against BBA. I was devastated the last time I missed and I've been dwelling on it ever since," Gauthier said. "So when I got the opportunity, I knew I had to take it. I had to stay focused and do it for the team and myself."

Gauthier calmly drained the penalty and the goal held up throughout in a 1-0 win for the Patriots.

"I coach as a teacher," said MAU coach Mark Boudreau. "Even if she missed this one, she'll take the next one too. She's good at [taking penalty kicks], she just needs to get confidence. It's more than putting the ball in the net and winning, it was a chance to give her something back."

Mount Anthony controlled most of the game, despite only the one goal. With 30 seconds left in the first half, Antonia Pellon nearly doubled the lead, but the ball bounced off the crossbar and out of bounds.

In the second half, MAU continued to press the issue, forcing the Stratton keeper, Molly Jacobi, to make a handful of saves.

Overall, Jacobi had 11 saves, while MAU keeper Madison Breese only had to make three.

"The reason we held on is because we stayed patient," Boudreau said. "It was as good of a controlled tempo game as we've ever had. We had the ball at our feet, finding the next player, looking for combinations. We just couldn't finish."

Defensively, Stratton didn't have many runs toward the Patriot goal, thanks to midfielders Bridget Keenan and Anna Salem.

"Bridget did a fantastic job in the middle, she held the ball well, stepped up and distributed," Boudreau said. "Anna as well. She was everywhere we needed someone to be."

MAU is 3-1 and have started the year on a high note.

"We didn't know what to expect this year, we had our first game and played well, so I think we've carried that into the rest of the games," Gauthier said.


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