H.S. SOCCER: Charlebois nets 4 as Wildcats top Panthers in opener

Matt Fortunato/Columbia-Greene Media Maple Hill earned an 8-0 victory over Chatham in Thursday’s Patroon Conference boys soccer opener for both schools.

CHATHAM — The Maple Hill Wildcats opened the 2021 boys soccer season with an 8-0 shutout on the road over the Chatham Panthers.

Eli Charlebois scored a whopping four goals, two in each half, to account for half of the Wildcats’ total output on offense. Benjamin Marra also scored twice for Maple Hill, with Gavin Haller and Zachary Calautti each putting the ball in the net once.

Maple Hill controlled the field for a majority of the game, especially in the first half. In just the first game of the season they looked disciplined and confident on both sides of the field.

The Wildcats’ passes were on target for the most part and their defense was so good that they seemed to maintain possession for just about the whole game.

Chatham had bright spots here and there, and continued to hustle through both halves despite being down big. Tobias Jeralds was all over the field for the Panthers, running hard to keep his team in on every possession the best he could.

Jacob Carroll had a few breakaway chances for Chatham in the second half but the Panthers’ tank would run out as the Maple Hill Wildcats kept their foot on the gas through the end.

The sequence of the goals for the Wildcats was nearly identical in each half as Marra scored first both times. Charlebois followed him with two goals in the first and the second, Haller netted one before halftime, and Calautti’s goal put the game away for good near the end.

Maple Hill will scrimmage against Lake George this weekend as Chatham is off until they visit Troy next week.

GIRLS SOCCER

Maple Hill 4, Chatham 1

CASTLETON — Alayna Fletcher scored two goals and assisted on two others as Maple Hill defeated Chatham, 4-1, in Thursday’s Patroon Conference girls soccer game.

Isabella Thomas had a goal and two assists for the Wildcats. Eva Hirschoff added one goal.

Addi Perry scored Chatham’s lone goal with an assist fro Kamryn Hanson.

Maple Hill held a 6-5 edge in shots on goal.

Maple Hill goalkeeper Abigail Szklenka had three saves. Chatham’s Sarah Morrison also stopped three shots.

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