Patriots plow past Cosmos
BENNINGTON >> Getting their opening round game of the Lady Patriot Classic moved to Friday didn't faze the Mount Anthony girls soccer team in the least.
Senior Brenna Harris scored three times and Avery Galle twice in a 7-0 rout over Springfield, and they move on to face BBA in the final on Monday night.
After the game, Harris made it more about her teammates and less about herself.
"I'm not as much impressed with myself, but with the passes that came in," Harris said. "The outside balls were beautiful and all I had to do was tap it in"
Olivia Salem started the scoring for the Patriots with a goal in the 10th minute that found the far post and snuck in to make it 1-0 with the assist going to Madison Little.
Then, Harris doubled the lead in the 21st minute, taking advantage of a misplay by the Springfield goalie to score. Salem assisted and then Harris, practically the next time MAU had possession, scored again, this one assisted by Kaidin Gauthier on a cross.
"We talked about this going in, the biggest thing is making the pass you see, it doesn't have to be the best one," said Mount Anthony coach Mark Boudreau. "Get the ball on your feet and they did, which opens up the nice through balls and that sets up goals."
An own goal in the 26th minute made things worse for the Cosmos, who are a young group with five freshman playing on varsity.
In the second half, Harris continued to make things happen as she scored her third goal of the night with a shot from 20 yards out.
"It helps having strong outside midfielders, they have good timing," Harris said. "It got our confidence up, we were slow at first, it was tough coming out after [Thursday's postponement]. We got the lead and confidence, we were able to see the field and be relaxed.
Galle added the final two goals in the last 20 minutes, with the first a deflection off the goalie that Salem assisted and the other an unassisted score with 16 minutes left.
"We emphasized at halftime keeping things in check," Boudreau said.." I'm not stat driven, not playing for stats, just get touches to those who need the touches and get them involved. Everyone is involved and in rhythm. We were fortunate to get some time for the other players."
Mount Anthony moves on to face Burr and Burton, 7-0 winners over Brattleboro, in the final that has rescheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. Springfield and Brattleboro will play in the consolation starting at 5.
"BBA is always tough and a really good game, we look forward to it every year," Harris said.
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