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Week of Oct. 2: Wins hard to come by for Centaurs

Woodstock Academy coach Dennis Snelling knew his team was headed into the teeth of its schedule.

He was right.

The Centaurs (3-4-2) ran into a trio of hot clubs which made for a difficult week.

It ended on Saturday with a 2-0 loss to Waterford which is now 8-1-1 on the season.

Prior to that, the Centaurs traveled to Bacon Academy to face a Bobcat team that had won five matches in a row coming into their meeting.

Bacon Academy prevailed in that match 4-2.

The Centaurs then hosted non-league foe, Granby, who had a 6-1 record coming into the Wednesday match.

The Bears showed why as they broke out early and posted a 5-2 victory over the Centaurs at the Bentley Athletic Complex

“You try and get better every day but when it starts that rough, you hope that you can make the game respectable and leave feeling like you did your best,” Snelling said.

The Centaurs accomplished that.

They gave up five tallies to Granby in the first half, including two each to Addyson Earl and Alyssa Mackowski.

Earl has already committed to a Division I scholarship program.

“Her first two touches on the ball were goals. Juliet (Allard) was put on her and she kept up with her nicely. She’s our go-to player when we have to keep up with someone like that. She had to stay on her and deny her the ball and she did just that,” Snelling said.

Earl was held scoreless in the second half by both Allard and Freya Robbie.

“Sometimes, when you stop that one player, you can take control of the game,” Snelling said. “We didn’t control the game but we had a good grip on the second half.”

The Centaurs were able to chip away at the Bears’ large lead with junior Leah Costa getting a pair of goals.

The first came off a feed from Elise Coyle with 23 minutes, 21 seconds left in regulation. Costa then made space for herself 12 minutes later and put in her second tally and fourth goal of the week.

Keeper Rebecca Nazer also played a role as she made 10 saves, many of the diving variety to save a goal.

“She got to show off her skills a little bit,” Snelling said.

Costa scored her first two goals of the season earlier in the week against the Bobcats.

The first came off an assist from Rita Rawcliffe just a little under nine minutes into the contest.

Just a little over four minutes later, the Centaurs were awarded a penalty kick and Costa converted again.

That was the good news early.

But Snelling was concerned.

“We didn’t show up in our best mindset and even when we were up, 2-0, it didn’t feel like a great game. Then we had an injury which made it worse and I felt like we weren’t going to get back into it after that. We’re all human, and there was a lot of emotion about their teammate. It was a tough day all around,” Snelling said.

The Bobcats (7-1-1) rebounded.

Bacon Academy cut the Centaurs lead in half with a goal just before the break and then added three more tallies in the second half for the win.

Bacon Academy cut the Centaurs lead in half with a goal just before the break and then added three more tallies in the second half for the win.