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BENNINGTON — The Mount Anthony girls soccer team celebrated senior night in style on Tuesday night, setting a handful of records in a 14-0 rout over Mill River at Spinelli.

On senior night, Antonia Pellon was the first one on the board. After a few great looks in the opening minutes, one of MAU coach Aaron Wood's four seniors dodged multiple defenders, found her way to the front of the net and finished the scoring opportunity with 34:17 left in the first half. 

Pellon recorded a hat trick for MAU, scoring again in the 28th minute of the first half and recording the first goal of the second half, too. She was also credited with three assists. She was one-on-one with the keeper a handful of times in the first half alone after getting by Mill River defenders with ease on multiple possessions.  

Chloe and Ella Cichanowski also celebrated their senior nights with a score each. 

MAU had a comfortable 6-0 lead at the half. They showed great dribbling and passing throughout the entire game, and took shots when the opportunity presented itself. 

Usually protecting the net, Lexi Gerow got the start in the field and made her offensive opportunities count. Gerow registered two goals and an assist in the win. 

Ava Elmer got the start in goal for the Patriots, and recorded the shutout. 

MAU kept Mill River's keeper busy all night. By the half, they had recorded more shots on goal than they had in most games this season. 

Elyse Altland scored twice for the Patriots, as did Taylor Hill. 

Meghan Barilone, Linnaia Connell and Haley Breese all scored once. 

Barilone and Pellon led the team with three assists each. 

Nikita Noyes-Martelle also had an assist. 

The Patriots scored in just about every way imaginable. They converted a corner kick late in the second half, they also converted on a header earlier in the half. On the offensive attack, MAU players beat the Mill River goalie one-on-one. Some strong and accurate passing also allowed the Patriots to add to their lead. 

Wood reflected on his senior group after the game. 

"To have the four seniors that I've got has just been awesome," Wood said. "The Cichanowskis give you everything they've got, every second. And Toni (Pellon) is so fun and Nikita worked her butt off every second."

"To have those girls try to create the culture that we want around here is really important," Wood added. "For a first-year coach, these girls have bought in all the way and I can't thank them enough."

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Michael Mawson is a sports reporter for the Bennington Banner. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire in 2019. Michael was the sports editor of UNH’s student newspaper where he covered NCAA Division I athletics.


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