I wish I could say that Holderness’s very lethargic effort today was due to the 3-day Long Weekend layoff or the full morning of PSAT testing, but ultimately, it was a talented, well disciplined, athletic group of Cardigan soccer players that tamed the Bulls.
Cardigan scored within the first minute and a half of play and never took its foot off the pedal. The Cardigan keeper was called upon to make a couple routine saves in the first half, but Holderness never really put any testing shots on net. Good defense and solid goaltending, what had been the Bulls’ strength throughout the first three games of the season, evaporated today, and a sluggish offense couldn’t make up the difference.
In the second half, the Bulls seemed to come out with more purpose and desire, but when this good effort didn’t produce any goals, Cardigan’s young footballers patiently waited for chinks in the Holderness defensive armor and seemed to capitalize on every miscue. Ultimately, Cardigan was able to blank the Holderness squad while putting a six-spot on their side of the scoreboard.
A special shout-out goes to the Parmett family for the post-game refreshments; they were definitely the highlight of the day! Back to the drawing board tomorrow as the team prepares for a rematch with New Hampton at home on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Holderness has had an amazing fall and we have so much to be thankful for – the continued good health of this community, the dedication of the Davis Center, just being able to return to a school year that feels like normal and so much more.
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