BENNINGTON — Mount Anthony girls soccer has started the season 1-1.
They have scored one goal through those two matches, and have allowed that same total.
The Patriots dropped their season opener in a home match against Burr and Burton. That match saw strong defense from both sides.
Both the Patriots and the Bulldogs advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division I playoffs in 2019, BBA as a two-seed and MAU as a four. The close Oct. 1 match was a test for both schools in their season opener.
MAU got in the win column on Monday, defeating Brattleboro 1-0.
Chloe Cichanowski registered the first, and to this point, only Patriot goal of the season. MAU was able to get a lot of shots up in the win, 24. What was equally impressive in that win was 15 of those shots were on goal.
First year MAU coach Aaron Wood knew that his defense was likely the strongest aspect of his team coming into the year, and that has definitely held true so far.
Most notably, Lexi Gerow has provided a security blanket in front of the net through the teams first two matches. In the loss to BBA, Gerow tallied eight saves. In the win, and her first shutout of the season, Gerow had six.
That brings her total to 14 saves on 15 opportunities through two games, a 93.3 save percentage. If Gerow is able to keep that sort of pace up, MAU will find themselves in contention to win every game they play.
It is not just the goalie, either. MAU brings back more experience from the defensive side of the field in general.
The Cichanowski twins, Chloe and Ella, are a perfect example. The twin sisters saw a lot of playing time in 2019, and their defensive contributions so far in 2020 have helped MAU out a lot.
The one thing MAU needs to work on to reach the next level is their playmaking. Their win over Brattleboro is a step in the right direction, putting up over 20 shots. The next step in that evolution is having the ball reach the back of the net and putting points on the scoreboard.
The Patriots have the personnel to do that. Antonia Pellon is an offensive threat for MAU. Linnaia Connell was the player of the game in their Brattleboro win, according to Wood. Her continued improvement will also help MAU. Players such as Sadie Korzec, Meghan Barilone and Haley Breese will also have to contribute some scoring if MAU wants to keep the momentum going after a strong 2019.
Wood said before the season started that his goal every single season is to win a championship.
MAU lost valuable experience from their 2019 squad through graduating seniors, including Rebecca Crosier. There are minutes up for grabs, and as the season progresses time will tell who will take advantage of their opportunity on the field.
MAU played at Rutland on Friday. Checkout our website, BenningtonBanner.com, for results from that contest.