The Black River Middle School girls' soccer team recently enjoyed a stretch of games that saw them take three-out-of-four matches in a week's time.
Traveling to West Rutland to begin the week and after a rough start, Black River scored four unanswered goals, with two from Sarah Rumrill and two more from Morgan Kathan.
"How you handle challenges as the game begins is the mark of a good team," Black River coach Bruce Schmidt stated after the game.
"These girls figured it out and turned things around quickly."
Schmidt also lauded the play of Katie Cloutier and Theressa Abbott in the goal as well as the midfield play of Gabriele Miele.
On Wednesday, the Proctor Lady Phantoms came to town and Ludlow knew they were going to be in for a real game. "I was concerned that Proctor would come in here with a bitter taste in their mouth after we beat them up there," said Coach Schmidt. And he was right.
Black River never adjusted to their "on the ground" passing and aggressive defense as well as their strong goalie. However, Black River's front line of Abigail Schmidt, Morgan Kathan and Sarah Rumrill kept the Proctor defense running.
At 14:40 of the first half Morgan Kathan sent a ball into the goal area and Sarah Rumrill slid one past the Proctor Keeper.
Schmidt commended the play of Sara Stryhas and Hannah Livingston. "Hannah is a strong player either on the field or in the goal. She has a knack of how to play the game and she is fearless," commented Schmidt.
Hanna Vanguilder also played a strong game along with Brooke Willard.
On Thursday, the Lady Presidents were back on the field against Leland & Gray and were looking to avenge the loss less than 24 hours before.
The goals came early and often with Ludlow ending the game with a 8-0 win. The offense really spread it around with Sarah Rumrill - 3 goals, Abigail Schmidt - 2 goals, Morgan Kathan - 2 goals, Kateri Collins - 1 goal and Hanna Tobey her first assist of the season.
"The girls played much better against L&G than they did against Proctor," commented assistant Coach Betsey Caldwell.
Friday saw the fourth and final game for the week was against Weathersfield.
Weathersfield struck first with a penalty kick after a hand ball in the box.
However, Black River came back with six unanswered goals to win 6-1. Goals came from sarah Rumrill (two), Morgan Kathan (two), Abigail Schmidt and Blakely Gilmore.
"Hanna Vanguilder played some front line and missed two shots by inches away from the goal posts," coach Schmidt added.
"Brook Willard played a strong midfield and is really developing into a better player as the season goes along."