Sunk by the Seahorses

Essex falls short to Burlington High School

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By Cameron Miller
For The Essex Reporter

The Essex High School girls’ soccer team looked to continue the 3-0 start to their season as they lined up on their home field against the Burlington High School Seahorses this Saturday.

The hornets found themselves battling just to keep up in the first half despite an even score of 0-0.

“We got dominated in the first half,” said Essex Head Coach Bill O’neil. “We just weathered the storm in that half.”

The Hornets finally opened the scoring at 32:38 of the second half as senior forward Jacqueline Quackenbush put the ball behind the Burlington goalkeeper.

The battle continued as Burlington responded with a goal of their own just a minute after Quackenbush’s. Coach O’neil was disappointed with his team’s response to the equalizer.

“I always tell my players the most dangerous time is right after a team scores. We were vulnerable,” O’neil said during an interview Sunday.

With just 11 minutes left in the game Seahorse Maddy Feeney was awarded a direct kick, which split the Hornets’ wall and gave Feeney her second goal in the Seahorse’s 2-1 lead. The remaining time was hard-fought by the players, but the Hornets couldn’t find another goal.

Coach O’neil attributed the Hornets’ first loss of the season to his team’s inability to hit the net.

“We need to finish,” O’neil said. “That goal is pretty wide, but it seems to narrow when we are under pressure.”

The Hornets traveled on Tuesday to face Champlain Valley Union and look to a game at Colchester this afternoon at 4:30.