In a tough one to swallow, the Windsor High School girls' soccer team recently let one slip away, giving up a one goal lead in the second half and letting the Bellows falls Terriers slip, away with their first win of the season, 2-1, in Westminster.
The loss dropped Windsor to 2-7 on the season, as they continue to fight through injuries in search of a playoff berth, which would take a minimum of three wins to make happen.
Coming into the match, however, both teams resembled M*A*S*H units, as the Lady Yellow Jackets were without three players including Tierra Huntley and Nikki White, and the Terriers without four, including sharp-shooter Sara Dumont, who holds out hope of returning for the tournament if her team can find a way to get there.
The injuries showed early in this one as neither team could do much in the first 10 minutes but as luck would have it, Windsor actually scored their only goal just 30 seconds into the match, when a Terrier defender tried to clear a ball out of the box only to have it deflect off Yellow Jacket forward Aminah Orogi and past B.F. keeper Enny Mustapha.
The Yellow Jackets certainly had their chances to extend their lead, however, including two quality shots from Tegan Coley, one of which just cleared the crossbar and another point-blank shot from midfielder Emily Perkins that Mustapha made a nice, diving save on. The half would end with the one-goal lead for Windsor but the feeling was that it could have been more, as the Yellow Jackets controlled most of the play but was also letting the winless Lady Terriers hang around.
In the second half, Windsor continued to put pressure on the Terriers' defense, but still could not bury that second goal, and as the half wore on Bellows Falls started gaining more and more momentum until they finally broke through.
With just under eight minutes left in regulation Terrier sophomore Brit Moyna, who had been working hard the entire match, found herself right in front of the goal with a loose ball and tapped it past Lady Jacket keeper Erin Rice to tie the match and force over time.
The Yellow Jackets one good opportunity in overtime to seal the win with a nice give-and-go, but the shot lofted just over the crossbar. It would be the last chance they got, as B.F. finally took advantage.
Just three minutes into the extra session, Lady Terrier captain Kammie Crawford found herself in a crowd right in front of the Windsor goal. "The goalie fumbled the ball a bit in the crowd," Crawford said after the game. "It bounced off someone right in front and I just kicked it in." While the Terrier bench emptied onto the field to celebrate their first win of the season, it was a tough one for Windsor to swallow, as their record (at press time) fell to 2-7.
However, to the Lady Yellow Jackets credit, they really did control most of the match despite all their injury and roster issues. They did a good job in controlling the midfield and put together plenty of good scoring opportunities, but coach Bruce MacKay's team just couldn't finish off the opportunities. One wonders what this team could be capable of without all the injuries.
The Windsor High School field hockey team recently traveled to Springfield to take on the Lady Cosmos, scoring the lone goal early, then hanging on for a 1-0 win in Marble Valley League action.
Coming into the game at 5-2-1 on the season, the Lady Yellow Jackets were aggressive from the outset and carried the early play, forcing Springfield goalie Brittany Grant-Paul to make a couple early saves before Windsor's Amanda Ashline scored the only goal of the game at 27:18. Ashline took a nice through-pass from Aleigha Sykes and slammed a low shot from 10 feet out to give her team the lead.
Windsor continued to put the pressure on the Cosmos defense with three consecutive corners, forcing Grant-Paul to make two more quick saves and keep it a one-goal game. While on the other side of the ball, Springfield could not seem to generate any offense in the first half, although seniors Maria Stern and Jessie Haskell did a good job at moving the ball out of their own zones to help stem some of the Windsor pressure and keep the score 1-0 at halftime.
Coming off a good effort against Mount Anthony which produced a tie, the Lady Cosmos were looking to build on that momentum, however, it was not meant to be on this day as Windsor smothered the Springfield offense throughout the second half. In fact, Lady Jacket keeper Katlyn Curbs only needed to make one save in the entire game.
Windsor had several opportunities in the second half to extend their lead, including good shot opportunities from Holly Heath, Abigail Wright and Sykes, but Cosmos' keeper Grant-Paul, managed to keep the defending Division II champions from netting another goal. The win pushed Windsor to (at press time) 6-2-1 on the season while Springfield dropped to 3-4-1.