Published Date Written by Jean LeBlancCANAAN, VT- Junior Leslie Kenison scored three first half goals and the Huskie defenders shut down the potent Canaan/Pittsburg offense and went on to win 5-1 in the opening round of the girls' Division IV soccer tournament in Canaan, Vermont Wednesday.
The home team got on the board first, just 5:26 into the game on a goal by Kiya Dewitt to make it a 1-0 contest.
Kenison, along with teammates Lily Keenan and Jessica Stewart, took over offensively.
Kenison's first of the game came at 18:23 and was assisted by Keenan. The duo used a give and go, then a through pass. Kenison split the defenders and then had a 1 on 1 with the C/P goalie. The goal was Kenison's 16th of the year.
At 30:51, Gorham's Stewart was the play maker for the 2-1 lead. A crossed ball, allowed Kenison to split the defenders and then had another 1 on 1 with Canaan/Pittsburg goal keeper Katelyn Kelsey.
One minute later, Kenison began putting the nails in the coffin at the 31:55 mark assisted by Keenan. A give and go using a through pass allowed Kenison to attain her hattrick putting the visiting Huskies on top 3-1 at halftime. The goal was Kenison's 18th this Fall.
In the second half, Keenan netted her 23rd of the year for a three goal advantage at the 7:31 mark. Stewart picked up the helping marker on a direct kick outside the side of the 18. Keenan chested the ball to her feet and a quick touch away from the goalie made it a 4-1 lead.
The final goal of the game came at 32:09 from the foot of Stewart assisted by Keenan. The Huskies had an indirect kick inside the 18 (obstruction), Keenan touched the ball and Stewart blasted a shot to the far top corner. Stewart's 11th goal of the year made the final score 5-1.
For the game the shots were Gorham 19 and C/P 13, saves were Gorham's Casandra Poulin five and C/P's Kelsey six, and corners were one for Gorham and C/P six.
"The girls came to play and proved something yesterday," said a delighted head coach Jeff Stewart. "With some illnesses we had to move things around defensively, but they played well as a unit. Maggie Currier, Hayley Holmes, Brooke Nadeau and Janessa Corrigan all had played well. Our movement of the ball and touches were on and our midfielders (Sarah Schoenbeck and Denise Currier) really help transition the play down the field. Eva Jackson and Julie Labnon played well on the wings and our trio of scorers didn’t let down."
The #9 Gorham girls will travel to Sunapee high school on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest against the #1 ranked and undefeated Indians.
GHS 3 2-5
C/P 1 0-1
Scoring: GHS- Kenison 3, Stewart, Keenan, C/P- Dewitt. Saves: GHS- Poulin five, C/P- Kelsey six.