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Week of Sept. 25: Rested Centaurs shutout Plainfield

Unlike high school football teams in Connecticut which must have a bye week, soccer teams don’t get that benefit.

Unless one happens to be a part of the schedule.

The Woodstock Academy girls soccer team hadn’t played since the Friday before when they met Plainfield Saturday at the Bentley Athletic Complex.

“It was a good break, but in terms of spreading the schedule out, it probably wasn’t necessary to have the whole week off. We have times ahead where we will have three games in four days so that will be the opposite,” Woodstock Academy coach Dennis Snelling said.

For example, the Centaurs do have three games scheduled for this week against Bacon Academy (Monday), Granby (Wednesday) and Waterford (Saturday).

But the rest did have its positives.

“It was good for everyone to heal. We had two injured players who came back (Saturday),” the Woodstock Academy coach added.

The Centaurs also picked up their third win of the season with a 1-0 win over the Panthers.

They had to wait a while.

Woodstock Academy had plenty of chances, at least 30 according to Snelling.

“A lot of the shots were close in and they just wouldn’t go in. We hit the post three times. They played a little defensively but we’ve seen worse. I think Plainfield played well,” Snelling said.

The game-winner would not come until just three minutes, 4 seconds were left in regulation.

Junior Juliet Allard scored her team-leading third goal of the season when she took a pass from senior Kendall McCormack just inside midfield.

“I think Juliet ran as fast as a human can run with the ball, went around the defenders and went straight at the goalie and smashed it through from six yards out,” Snelling described.

It was just the second goal in the last four games for the Centaurs.

“I felt like (Saturday), even though we didn’t score a lot, we got more chances than we’ve had. It’s just that a lot of teams are very defensive and just want to counter attack and that means the games kind of end up in a stalemate,” Snelling said.

While he is happy with the 3-1-2 September start for the Centaurs, there are plenty of tests remaining in the final 10 matches in  October.

“The heart of the schedule is coming up now with bigger teams like Bacon Academy to come,” Snelling said.