Ben Kaufmann
County Courier

ENOSBURG – A dominant performance capped by five goals in the second half on Wednesday gave Enosburg a second straight win to start the year, this one a 7-0 decision against Danville.

Levi Webb and Dylan Pattee each scored twice for the Hornets (2-0) against the visiting Indians (0-1). Brendan Deuso assisted a pair of EFHS goals and kicked a corner which turned into a Danville own-goal. Danny Antillon and Blaur Archambault also scored for the hosts and Shea Howrigan added an assist.

“It was a good overall performance,” said Enosburg coach Randy Swainbank, who utilized the strong Hornet outing to test some different combinations early in the season.

“It was a good chance to get all the guys in,” he said. “I thought Nick Ross played well, Ethan Hogaboom played well, Kam Lovelette. A lot of guys who didn’t get time at MVU got a lot of time today and that was a good thing for us.”

Webb got Enosburg off to a hot start, pouncing on a loose ball and placing it off the left goalpost and in to make it 1-0 just 89 seconds after the opening whistle. Nine minutes later, Webb settled a pass from Howrigan and crushed a volley past Danville keeper Jacob Leclair (11 saves) to make it 2-0. 

“Levi stepped up,” Swainbank said of his sophomore forward. “This was a good game for Levi to kind of take control in the attack. He’s another one who’s just got incredible talent. He’s not very big but he’s got a lot of talent.”

Enosburg had a massive amount of chances over 80 minutes Wednesday and the second half score was more reflective of the flow of play. Though some goals may have been left on the field, Swainbank said he was pleased with how his team handled a commanding win.

“They did well,” he said. “It was 2-0 at the half and even though you’re kind of dominating, that’s a very dangerous lead in soccer because if they pull one back it’s typically a scramble oil the end. I told them at the half that I don’t want a scramble so let’s just go do the right things, stay a little more composed in front of the goal and put a couple more in.”

Sophomore goalie Ethan Jackson earned his first career shutout on Wednesday, grabbing four saves against the Indians. 

Enosburg took on Danville without the help of senior captain Logan Jette, who scored both goals in EFHS’ 2-1 overtime win over Missisquoi to start the season last week. Jette sat out Wednesday with an injury, but his absence appeared to be precautionary and Swainbank is optimistic that Jette will be back when the Hornets take on BFA-Fairfax (0-2) on Friday. 


BFA-St. Albans boys topple Mt. Mansfield, 2-1, on the road to improve to 2-0

The Bobwhites picked up a second straight win to open the 2019 season with a bang on Wednesday with a 2-1 win at Mt. Mansfield. Kameron Dunsmore continued his otherworldly start to the fall season with an assist and a goal against the Cougars. Dunsmore set up a Derek Nadeau finish just five minutes after the opening whistle before converting a penalty kick to break a 1-1 tie midway through the second half. BFA’s victory was made all the more impressive by the fact that the Bobwhites played the final 60 minutes Wednesday with just 10 men after picking up a red card midway through the first half.

An interesting note: Mt. Mansfield may be happy to not see Dunsmore for awhile. The senior is also the kicker for BFA’s football team and kicked two field goals in BFA’s 12-8 win over the Cougars in Jericho on Saturday before bringing a goal and an assist to the Bobwhites’ soccer win Wednesday.

BFA-Fairfax drops heartbreaker at Hazen, losing 3-2 in double-overtime to fall to 0-2

Following an 8-0 drubbing at the hands of Milton last week, BFA-Fairfax rebounded nicely and even led at Hazen, 2-0. Unfortunately for the Bullets (0-2), Hazen (1-1) battled back with three unanswered, the final one coming in the second overtime period to secure a Wildcat win.

Missisquoi drops a close, 1-0, contest at Lamoille to fall to 0-2