Panthers Persevere Through Mid-Season Challenges
October 04, 2023
Photo credit: Renee Brown
After an exciting four-game winning streak to start the season, TA’s varsity boys have struggled to maintain momentum on the field. The last few weeks have challenged the Panthers as they clocked four consecutive losses, balancing their season record to 4-4.
While facing some of Vermont’s best teams, though, the Panthers’ determination and hard work shined through – there were no easy wins for our opponents. On Friday, the Panthers went toe to toe with the Montpelier Solons in the first half before the Solons’ came back to score three goals in the second. Earlier games vs. Hazen (1-4), Harwood (1-3), and Lake Region were similarly hard-fought.
Coach Jonathan Bicknell feels good about the team’s standing. “We have enjoyed a good start to the season, which has required perseverance and a high work ethic against some of the top competition in the state. With a relatively young team, we have been impressed with their adaptability to different playing assignments, formations and game situations. Kudos to our seniors for their leadership and mentorship as we look to finish the season strong!” The Panthers host Stowe on Wednesday, and U-32 on Tuesday, October 10.
On the girls side, the Panthers have been playing without their starting goalkeeper, Heidi Hewes, due to an early-season injury. Center back Ashlyn Osgood has subbed in, but in last Wednesday’s game vs. Harwood, Osgood suffered an ankle injury that sent her to the hospital – and the Panthers to an 11-0 defeat.
Coach Patrick Perry commented on the game to the Valley News: “I’m proud of my kids for their effort under tough circumstances. Ashlyn’s injury is hopefully just a sprain, and she was in good spirits when I saw her later.” The Panthers are 2-7 for the season, with notable wins vs. Lyndon and Blue Mountain. The girls host Lamoille on Friday.