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NEWPORTâ€“Cara Worth took a feed from Anna Bingham seven minutes and thirty-seven seconds into the second half of Tuesday's North Country/St Johnsbury game and scored the lone goal of the contest to give the Falcons their fourth straight shut-out win 1-0.
"I'm very proud of them," said Coach Jose Batista of his defense's efforts these last few games, "I think we are allowing our goalie to see the balls, which is great for us defensively."
On why her team is doing so well on D, senior captain Tiffany Morin says, "We are marking a lot better, we were not marking in the last games we were losing."
The game was a defensive battle in the early going, as neither team generated much in the way of offense until the second.
Batista said the game was a lot of kick and run for the Falcons, and they did not possess the ball as well as they had in previous games.
North Country did have the best scoring chance of the opening half when Bingham fired a direct kick off the crossbar, but other than that, there was not much to write home about in the first.
The second half would be a different story, and the score might have been three or four to to one had it not been for the stellar work by the Falcons' defense and goaltender.
After the Worth goal, the Hilltopper offense took off, and the Academy utilized the big foot of Caroline Klosowski to mount their attacks.
Klosowski, who took the majority of free kicks as well for St. Jay, would fire the ball up field where it would be corralled by a combination of Ally Bruckner, Christa Poulin, and Caroline Lawlor. The trio then turned the volleys into some very good scoring chances.
Bruckner would get the best of them when a ball got past NC netminder Lindsay Geoffrey with twenty-six and change left to play.
As she went to fire the ball into the net, Tiffany Morin was able to get in front of it and then send the ball out of harms way.
"I felt Lindsay coming out, so I got behind her and luckily she (Bruckner) didn't hit it too hard and I was able to get it," said Morin
Bruckner again would get a great chance to score off of a rebound that caught the crossbar and dropped right in front of her and Geoffrey. Geoffrey would scramble over and cover the ball, preventing any potential damage.
Geoffrey's play has improve steadily throughout the season, and Batista spoke to his keeper's performance this year.
"We've have really been working on her positioning and being more vocal, and I think she has done a much better at that. She is seeing the ball well."
Says Geoffrey, "I'm really just trying to communicate with the girls out back and let them know what open marks are available. Sometimes they (the D) get caught up and I have to remind them to get back so they don't get beat down below."
Even St.Johnsbury coach Jeff Burroughs had good things to say about the Lindsay.
"Hats off to the keeper, she did a nice job."
Burroughs has a young team this year, and he mentioned the difficulties in trying to get a younger group to focus and be prepared for a game.
"It's tough, trying to get them to recognize the moment and play with that passion, but I'm happy, their building, but it has been a tough season so far."
The loss dropped St. Jay to 4-7 while North Country moves to 7-4 and will take on another Caledonia County opponent today as they head down to Lyndon to face the Vikings at 4:00.