CHELSEA -- The #14 seed Craftsbury Academy Chargers faced off against the #3 seed Chelsea Red Devils in the opening round of the Division 4 State Playoffs. The Chargers gave it all they could, but it was not enough and the Red Devils walked away with a 6-1 victory.
Coach Mike Ruetz said that his team â€śCame out hot and was ready to play. The passes were on target and the touches on the ball were great. Our offense flowed and worked together and the defense played tremendous against the constant Chelsea pressure.â€ť
Craftsbury would head to the half only trailing by a score of 1-0.
But, that would all change in the second half. Chelsea came out of the intermission ready to play and an early goal, putting them on top 2-0, opened the floodgates. The Red Devil attack would strike for 4 more goals, making it 6-0, before Junior Frank Spiese found the net for his Chargerâ€™s team, cutting the score to 6-1.
While the result was not what he was hoping for Coach Ruetz was overall, happy with the performance of his team this season.
â€śWe played some really good teams right out of the gate and we got off to a rough start and with such a young team we got down on ourselves really easily. But my 4 seniors [Jason Martin, Adam Allen, Andrew Marckres, and Anthony Putvain] stepped up and took a leadership. They picked up this team and got them to believe in themselves. And by the end of the year we were starting to click.â€ť
â€śI have a very young team and we are still learning but, we are only going to get better.â€ť
The Chargers seasons ends with a record of 3-10.