Saturday was another scorching day on the turf, but the Bulls rose to the occasion for a hard fought 80 minute battle.
The teams traded possession in the first half, until Holderness was able to find their rhythm and put a lot of offensive pressure on Vermont's back line. A beautiful passing sequence between Ellie Batchelder and Abby Vieira led to the Bulls' first tally just under 20 minutes into the game. Vieira's pass found Batchelder just inside the 18, and a quick touch around the sweeper allowed her to slot the ball under the diving keeper for a 1-0 lead. Six minutes later, after many more offensive chances, a Vermont defender was called for a handball in the box. Ellie Batchelder calmly stepped up to take the penalty kick and easily placed it in the lower right corner for a 2-0 lead.
Vermont was able to work their way back down the field, taking advantage of many throw ins. Eventually, they were able to send in a cross from the flank and finish a scramble in front of the net to close the gap, 2-1.
Both teams came out ready to fight in the second half. Holderness controlled much of the posession and offensive movement, but Vermont was not ready to give up. Both teams continued to battle, until a foul was called against Holderness in the midfield. Vermont sent a nice long ball behind the Bulls defense, and created a breakaway opportunity which they were able to finish to knot the game at 2.
Holderness had some late chances in the last few minutes, but luck was not on our side and we weren't able to find the game winner. Despite the result, we played our most complete game of the season and will ride this momentum into next week against our next opponents, Exeter and New Hampton.