Panthers Sweep Homecoming Games, Alumni Soccer a Win, Cross Country Hosts Home Meet
September 21, 2023
It was a great Homecoming for the Panthers on Saturday – both the boys and girls varsity soccer teams defeated Lyndon Institute and added a “W” to their season record. The girls took the field at 11:00 a.m. on TA’s, up two at the half and finishing it off in the second to take LI 5-1. The boys followed suit, shutting out Lyndon 5-0. On Wednesday, the Panther boys took a loss v. Hazen (home) and now stand at 4-1. The girls travel to Lake Region on Thursday, followed by the boys on Saturday. Next week, both teams take on Harwood at home (boys Tuesday, girls Wednesday).
Homecoming also brought a slightly more “experienced” team of Panthers to the field for the first annual alumni soccer game. The co-ed, multi-age teams included alumni ranging in class years from 2005-2019. Most of the Panther players admitted feeling a little rusty, but they played hard and left it all on the field. Score-keeping was loose at best, so there will be no record of winners and losers this time – maybe next year.
In cross country, the Panthers are gearing up for the Woods Trail Run, scheduled this year for October 7. Last week, Thetford Academy hosted its first home meet of the season, claiming second in the boys race – a tough one point loss to Burr and Burton – and third on the girls side, following Woodstock and Stratton. Ava Hayden earned third overall (22:15) alongside strong finishes from Lucia Carr (12th, 25:39), Annie Hesser (16th, 26:40), and Charlize Brown (17th, 26:43). The boys earned four spots in the top 12 – led by Brady Sloop in second place (18:46), followed by Sebastian Perdrizet in ninth (20:09), Ben Mattern in 11th (20:14) and Elijah Renner, 12th (20:16).