boys' soccer


Commodore forward Xavier DeBlois notches the home team’s second goal, holding off Paine Mountain defender Hayden Sargent to fire home a left-foot shot after teammate Elijah Duprey’s blast rebounded from the crossbar in the second half of Friday’s win in Vergennes. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — The boys’ soccer season at Vergennes Union High School got off to a promising start on Friday, when the Commodores dominated visiting Paine Mountain, a collective team from the Northfield-Williamstown area, in a 2-0 victory. The Commodores allowed just four shots at goal, only two of which junior goalie Abram Francis had to parry; launched 21 of their own, 10 on target; consistently won 50-50 challenges; and showed more than respectable amounts of creativity and purpose in their ball movement.  Coach Kevin Hayes had asked for more variety and patience on the attack, and at least...

RIDER MACCRELLISH, A member of a state champion boys’ soccer team during his time as an Eagle, returns to Mount Abe this fall as the new head coach of the team.
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School did not have to look far for a new boys’ soccer coach after Bob Russell stepped down after the fall season, just as the search that picked Russell to succeed longtime Coach Mike Corey three years ago did not cast a wide net. Russell, a teacher at Mount Abe, had moved up from a successful stint as the Eagle junior varsity coach, and now 2014 Mount Abe alumnus Rider MacCrellish — a member of the 2013 Eagle championship team — is doing the same. MacCrellish had signed on as a middle school coach in 2016, and then took over the boys’ JV team when Russell...

MUHS SENIOR STRIKER Alex Bleich, seen here celebrating one of his goals in the Tigers' playoff win over Woodstock, was one of several local boys' soccer players named as a Division II or III All-State players. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — Boys’ soccer players from Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley union high schools have received Division II or III All-State honors and have been recognized by either the Lake Division or Southern Vermont League B Division for their efforts this fall.  Three Tiger seniors earned D-II All-State honors, forwards Alex Bleich and Owen Connelly and midfielder/defender Oliver Poduschnick.  Eagle forward Branden Reynolds joined them on the D-II All-State Team.  Commodore defenders Aidan Gebo and Tucker Stearns and Otter forward Cole Letourneau were named to the D-...
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent high school boys’ soccer action, Middlebury topped visiting Mount Abraham, Vergennes made a move in Division III with three straight wins, the Eagles lost on the road to D-II’s first-place squad, and Otter Valley fell at home.  The Tigers also hosted Spaulding on Tuesday; see story on Page 1B.  TIGERS OVER EAGLES On Saturday the Eagles took a lead over host MUHS in the 23rd minute on a Branden Reynolds penalty kick. But the Tigers (4-1-1) earned a 3-1 win on two goals from Oliver Anderson, one unassisted just before halftime and one assisted by Owen Connelly in...
MIDDLEBURY — Simply defeating winless Spaulding at home on Tuesday was not a good indicator of the quality of the Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer team, nor was the final 7-0 score.  But there’s something to be said for scoring five goals in the first 17 minutes, including a three-goal outburst in less than two minutes: They blew the game open with that outburst in the ninth and 10th minutes before Coach Reeves Livesay began subbing freely.  Going deep into the bench did not change the game flow: The Tigers outshot the Tide, 24-2. One Tide shot posed a mild challenge for Tiger...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vergennes and Middlebury picked up victories to highlight recent local high school boys’ soccer action; Mount Abraham and Otter Valley were less successful. COMMODORES  The Commodores picked up a huge win on Monday, dealing 2019 Division II champion Stowe its first loss since the 2018 season, 2-1 in double overtime. Jonah Mahé knocked in the game-winner, with an assist from Avery Husk, four minutes into the second OT.  Tucker Stearns, from Jonathan Willis, gave VUHS the lead early in the second half, and Adrian Bryan equalized for the Raiders with three minutes left in...

SPAULDING HIGH SCHOOL goalkeeper Kent Barcomb lunges to clear the ball from Mount Abe midfielder Tanner Harris (7), as Eagle teammates Branden Reynolds (3), Joe Graziadei (2) and Henry Cogswell (14) look on in the first half of Tuesday’s game in Bristol. Harris later scored one of the Eagles’ four goals in the half. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — After a slow start in Tuesday’s home game, the Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ soccer team took wing and soared to a 7-2 victory over winless Spaulding. The Eagles spotted the Tide an early goal on a wind-aided, but well-struck corner kick, but then settled into their possession game and scored four times in 20 minutes to take command and improve to 2-1.  Coach Bobby Russell said he appreciated the variety of the ways the Eagles scored and their goal-scorers, but most of all he enjoyed watching his team apply the principles he and the Eagles had been practicing — moving the...
ADDISON COUNTY — In high school soccer action in the past week all local teams picked up at least on victory, while in local rivalry games Middlebury defeated Mount Abraham, and Vergennes rallied late to tie the Tigers. TIGERS TOP EAGLES On Sept. 30 the Tiger boys debuted with a 7-1 win at Mount Abe. Alex Bleich and Owen Connelly led MUHS with two goals and an assist each, while Edward Fallis, Wesley Hirdler and Andrew Lee each found the net, and Benjamin Seaton set up a pair of goals.  Eli Burgess converted a second-half penalty kick for Mount Abe after a foul drawn by Judah Jackson....
ADDISON COUNTY — Eight members of the Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley union high school boys’ soccer teams have been named as either Division II or III All-State Players and Lake Division or Marble Valley League B Division First Team All-Stars. Named as both D-II All-State Players and Lake Division First Team All-Stars were three MUHS seniors, Spencer Doran, Eben Jackson and Owen Palcsik; Eagle senior Eric McKean; and Eagle junior Branden Reynolds. Doran also was recognized by the Lake Division coaches as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. VUHS senior Josias...

MUHS MIDFIELDER OLIVER Poduschnick gets in front of a Stowe forward to clear the ball from danger in the first half of the Tigers’ 2-0 loss in the Division II final on Saturday in South Burlington. The Tigers reached the D-II final in the first year the program was allowed to compete in the division. Independent photo/Steve James
SOUTH BURLINGTON — For the scoreless first 50 minutes of Saturday’s Division II boys’ soccer final at South Burlington, No. 2 Middlebury Union High School was arguably the better team than No. 1 Stowe. The Tigers outshot the Raiders in the first half, 7-5; forced Stowe goalie Isaiah Shaefer-Geiger to make three of his four saves; and moved the ball purposefully. “I thought we played a really good first half,” said MUHS Coach Reeves Livesay. “We created three or four very dangerous opportunities. Unfortunately we weren’t able to capitalize on them.” The last half hour proved to be a different...

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