The Bulls bounced back from their Saturday loss to top the Kents Hill Huskies 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon. The team started on a slow foot, and struggled to maintain possession throughout the first half. Though the defenders and midfielders tried to send long balls to the fowards, the Kents Hill defense played deep in the field and shut down all opportunities for a shot on net.
It wasn't until three minutes left in the first half, when Julia Knight found the ball at her feet on the right flank and sent a beautifully lofted cross into the box and past the Kents Hill keeper. Ellie Batchelder was there to finish the ball for the Bulls' first goal of the season. It turned out to be the fire that the Bulls needed. Less than a minute later, Phie Miles made a streaking run with the ball around many defenders and up the right flank again. Her cross found the feet of Abby Vieira, who managed to finish a scramble in front of the net for a 2-0 lead.
On the restart, Kents Hill wasted no time in sending a booming ball down the field behind the Holderness defense. Though we recovered with speed and tried to defend the ball, the players got tangeld up in the box and a penalty kick was awarded. Kents Hill finished their opportunity to close the gap right before the halftime whistle blew.
The Bulls maintained much better possession in the second half, and stepped up their team defense. This generated much more chances on net, but despite our 15 shots in the second half, the Kents Hill keeper and packed-in defense worked hard to keep us scoreless. Overall, it was a great first win and we look forward to carrying this momentum into our first Lakes Region match of the year against Vermont Academy on Saturday.