Story and photos by
Joe Milliken - Editor
On a chilly afternoon in Westminster, the Black River High School boy's soccer team got two goals from senior captain Kippie Turco, which would be all the scoring they'd need in a 2-0 shut out win over the Bellows Falls Terriers.
In a match that did not generate much offense from either team early on, the Presidents finally began controlling the play by the mid-point of the half, including a crossbar-wringing shot from senior Benjamin Farrow and a couple other blasts that went just wide of the BF goal posts.
As the Black River pressure mounted, BF keeper Chas Soboleski kept the score in check, until Turco finally broke the ice with a blast from the top of the box that snuck just inside the left post for a 1-0 Presidents lead. The assist came from Dillon Normyle.
To Bellows Falls' credit however they never let up, producing a threat of their own in the closing minutes of the half, but after to headers off corner kicks both sailed wide, the score was 1-0 ,at the half.
The presidents had nearly 20 shots at the half and forced Soboleski to reach double-figures in saves.
Unfortunately for the home team the second half would remain much of the same, with Black River carrying most of the play.
The defensive work of Victor Cucuillo and James Greenwood helped keep BF's offense out of sync, while the offensive efforts of Jake Covelle, Turco and Farrow kept the pressure on, before Turco would notch his second goal on a nice give-and-go feed from Noah Schmidt for the 2-0 lead.
The Black River held the Terriers in check the rest of the way for an impressive, 2-0 win on the road.