Pinkus' hat trick propels BBA past MAU

MANCHESTER — A motivated Burr and Burton girls soccer team showed on Tuesday that they are still the defending Division I champions until further notice.

Hannah Pinkus racked up a hat trick, leading BBA to a 7-0 victory at Taylor Field.

"It's obviously something we've been working on, we want to come out and put the ball in the back of the net, which we did today," said BBA coach Suzanne Mears. "In that regard, I'm happy."

Pinkus scored the first goal of the afternoon in the 10th minute as the Bulldogs were faster than the Patriots for the first 20 minutes of play.

That pressure won out as Burr and Burton and Pinkus scored again with 2:46 left in the half on an odd-man rush. Maggie Sullivan added an assist.

Forty-five seconds later, Sullivan added a tally, poking in a ball after a collision between her and MAU goalie Maddy Breese.

After the play, Sullivan was given a yellow card for pushing down Breese when the two were trying to get up, something that incensed MAU coach Mark Boudreau.

"The game across the board was physical and I don't think either coach was happy about that," Mears said. "I'm certainly not. We talked at halftime, we harp on being clean and smart and good sports."

"It was tough. We approach the game in the right way, it's hard to be out there when things aren't going your way," Boudreau said. "It got to us and they took advantage of the flow of the game, we couldn't get control of the flow and they rode the momentum. po.

BBA kept the pedal down in the second half. Grace Pinkus scored 15 seconds into the half and then two minutes later, Hannah Pinkus finished the hat trick with a shot in front past Breese.

At that point, the game started to get chippy, with a couple of hard tackles and yellow cards resulting.

"We let them out-physical us, when you are playing a physical team you have to know how to respond to that, we don't play that game well," Boudreau said.

But BBA was still on the prowl. Olivia Watanabe scored the final pair of goals, the first with 28:52 left in the contest, getting a nice pass into the center. The second goal came on a nice play with 16 minutes left.

"She's a fighter and she never stops," Mears said. "She has lots of heart, give you 110 percent all the time, I'm proud of her."

At the final buzzer, Hannah Pinkus was given a yellow card for a hard tackle and then another yellow after arguing the call. The two yellow cards equaled a red card, which takes her out of Friday's game at Mill River.

MAU, at 5-5, hosts Rutland on Thursday night at Spinelli Field, while BBA is 8-3 and has won five in a row.


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