With 28 minutes left to play, Courtney Chadburn took a cross from Maria Arnot and blasted the battered ball into the top right corner of Lyndon’s goal, securing the lady Spartans’ first win of the 2009 season with a 7-0 final score.”It is definitely a relieving win,” coach Chris Chapdelaine said. “We have played really well against some really good teams this season, but haven’t been able to get the win. Hopefully this will prove to be our breakthrough game.”
Chadburn echoed her coach’s thoughts on the win.
“[The first win of the season] brings the team morale up, and we have been waiting a long time to get a W.”
After going 0-5-1 in their first six games, scoring just two goals in that span, the Spartans came out of the gate hungry in their first North Atlantic Conference match of the season. Chadburn, who tallied four goals on the day, set the tempo of the game right off the bat, scoring the contest’s first goal just 12 minutes in as she lifted a chip shot over the Hornet’s goalie. Chadburn’s second goal came just seven minutes later, giving the crowd a feeling of déj vu as she lofted the ball over the goalie’s head again.
When asked what he thought about Chadburn’s four-goal performance, Chapdelaine couldn’t find any words.
“It’s really tough to even try to describe [how well she played today],” he said. “She’s just a tremendous athlete.”
Chadburn said that all she focused on during the game was staying patient.
“I knew that my chance to score would come and when they came I would have to capitalize on my chance. My midfielders and backs gave me the opportunity to score by providing great assits and putting me in a good position to put the ball in the back of the net.”
Even though Chadburn may have stolen the show with her four goals, she wasn’t the only Spartan to demoralize the Hornets. Megan Blongy, Ashley Ledoux and Jackie Lockwood also contributed goals.
While the Chadburn-led Spartan offense was on fire, the Hornet defense was frozen solid. The Hornets’ main problem proved to be their defensive communication as the miscues between their defense and their keepers resulted in three goals.
The Spartan defense on the other hand, didn’t really have much to do as the Lyndon offense was incapable of carrying the ball down the field. As a result, Castleton’s two goalies, Ericka Davis and Nakita Baldic, only had to make two saves on three shots. In contrast, the Hornet keepers, Samantha Smith and Natalia Shams, couldn’t find a minute to catch their breath, making 18 saves off of 35 Spartan shots.
The Spartans will try to carry the momentum from this win into their next game when they host Fitchburg State on Sept. 24 at 4:00 p.m.