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BVT Girls Soccer Shuts Down Competition

If anyone in the Colonial Athletic League wants to beat the Blackstone Valley Tech girls soccer team, they will have to score a goal against them first.
The Beavers did not allow a single tally through their first six contests, outscoring foes by a combined score of 37-0 in the process. Head coach Jay Porter's team is 9-3 overall and has already locked up a spot in the district tournament.
"We are just about where we wanted to be at this point in the year," he said. "The games we have lost are against the tougher teams, but we still competed well against them."
Two of the Beavers' losses - against Douglas and Grafton - were 1-0 finals. "They are both very good teams," Porter said. "But those are still games we could have won if we had capitalized on the chances we had."
BVT's defensive prowess is even more impressive considering the goaltending duties have been turned over to one player since junior Noelle Trail suffered an injury early in the year. Sophomore Torri Socci has stepped in and permitted just five goals through eight and a half games, including six shutouts. Sophomore central defenders Morgan O'Brien and Viviana Sebastian have also anchored that side of the field.
"In my opinion, they are two of the toughest defenders in our league or among any of the teams we have played," Porter said. "They are a great combination with Morgan being very tough and strong and Viviana being lightning fast. They cover for each other, work well together, and, unless we are way ahead, neither one ever comes out. They are workhorses."
Valley Tech also has a strong duo of underclassmen leading the way on offense. Freshman midfielder Payton Linnehan leads the team with 13 goals and four assists, despite missing a game due to an injury. Porter said Linnehan is one of those "once in awhile" players.
"She has a great sense of the field, her speed is incredible, and she is unselfish and always looking for that perfect pass to get someone else on the board," he said. "I knew from the beginning she could be a special player. She studies the game and adapts well no matter where she is."
Sophomore Caroline Porter has served as "nice surprise" and complement to Linnehan. She has six goals and five helpers on the year. "She and Payton have been really working well together," Porter said.
Senior captain Madison Christian entered the week with six goals and three assists. Diana Whittier has chipped in four goals and five assists, and fellow junior Brook Linnehan has five goals and a pair of assists. Every player on the roster has scored, with the exception of three defensive players and the goalies, Porter said.
"We have a nice distribution through the whole team," he said. "If someone is struggling, someone else fills in the gap right behind them." 
In addition to having four more league games on the docket, Blackstone Valley Tech will have a rematch against Millis at the end of the season. The Mohawks handed the Beavers their worst loss of the season, a 4-1 defeat at Millis on September 23.
"I know the whole team is looking forward to that rematch," Porter said. "It will be a nice way to see how far we have come."




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