Gauthier tally propels Mount Anthony past Wasps
BENNINGTON — The Mount Anthony girls soccer team honored its seniors Tuesday night, so it was fitting that an upperclassmen netted the game-winning goal.
In a game where the Patriots peppered Woodstock with shot after shot, MAU senior Keana Gauthier scored the lone goal of a 1-0 win against the Wasps.
Gauthier's goal came with 18 minutes to play in the second half in a game where the Patriots absolutely dominated possession.
"We had a lot of opportunities. It was just about somebody settling in and placing the ball," said MAU coach Mark Boudreau. "[Woodstock's] keeper [Emma Tarleton] was making a ton of saves. That was a really good composure goal. It was a nice feed into her and we finally found the back of the net."
From the first whistle, MAU was controlling play. The Patriots were first to almost every ball and did well to create chance after chance.
Within the first 15 minutes of play, MAU had already taken eight shots and constantly put pressure on Tarleton.
The Patriots had a ton of shots that were near misses, whether the ball sailed a bit over the goal or Tarleton was game and made the save.
The trend continued throughout the game as MAU outshot Woodstock by a margin of 34-2.
"We did a really job of controlling the tempo and finding the chances," Boudreau said. "It's just about finding the back of the net. That's the game. It's a hard thing to do."
Tarleton was strong in goal for Woodstock, just as she was against Division I heavyweight Burr and Burton earlier in the season. The sophomore keeper made 12 saves.
At halftime, the 12 Patriot seniors, Keana Gauthier, Jordan Mattison, Erin Farrell, Emma Salem, Rebecca Crosier, Allie Bullett, Kylee Hall, Alexus Robie, Dominique Dease, Grace Mahar, Breanna Hudson and Rachael Jones were honored for their contributions to the program.
Jones was not in attendance because she's currently in Colombia playing with a USA softball national team.
For MAU, Tuesday's win was its fifth in a row, which is a huge momentum boost approaching the D-I playoff slate.
"Two of the last three games, we've played have been our best of the year," Boudreau said. "The second season is about to start in the playoffs. We're in a really good place right now, moving into the playoffs. Now, it's just about keeping your head on straight and just doing your job."
The Patriots improve to 8-5 and finish the regular season on Saturday night at Hartford.
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