Tilton School's girls' soccer team traveled to Kimball Union Academy on Wednesday afternoon and despite their tremendous efforts, fell short by a score of 1-0. Right from the start, the Rams were determined to play good defense and limit the chances that KUA's high-powered offense got. Although at times it wasn't pretty, Tilton's defense did a great job of staying organized and communicating and really frustrated KUA. At the half, the two teams were scoreless. Tilton was able to force KUA to change their tactics a bit and really put Tilton under more pressure to start the second half. The Rams weathered the storm and kept battling. It wasn't until midway through the half when KUA had a free kick about 30 yards out and was able to strike a hard shot on goal that Mack Stephen (Belmont, NH) got a hand to but was unable to save and KUA took a 1-0 lead. Tilton made some tactical adjustments late in the game to try and get an equalizer but just couldn't generate much offense. Although the girls are disappointed with the result, this was a good test for the Rams early in the season and they showed what they are made of. Credit the defense, led by Tiana Cass (Torrington, CT), Leah Corson (Manchester, NH), Katherine O'Brien (Sandwich, MA), and Stasia Bogacz for doing a great job on defense. Amanda Downs (Meredith, NH), Emily Gaudet (Concord, NH), Kathleen Murtagh (Burlington, VT), and Kate Albretsen (Mashpee, MA) did a great job in the midfield. Stephen finished with six saves.
Tilton is now 2-2-0 and will travel to play Northfield Mt. Hermon on Saturday, September 28. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.