boys' soccer

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...

MIDDLEBURY SENIOR EBEN Jackson shows trickery to beat a Harwood defender before laying off the ball to Alex Bleich whose cross was fired home by Andy Giorgio for the Tigers’ first goal in their 2-1 home win on Tuesday. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — It took 82 minutes and 54 seconds, a lot of gritty defense, and an accurate finish after a little bit of a lucky bounce for the Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer team to make history on Tuesday afternoon with a 2-1 victory. That finish came from Tiger junior striker Alex Bleich with 2:54 gone in overtime in a Division II semifinal, and it sent MUHS to the program’s first-ever boys’ soccer final. The 14-3 Tigers, seeded No. 2, will take on No. 1 Stowe (16-0-1), the favorite since Raiders moved up to D-II this fall after winning seven straight D-III titles. The final will...
CHESTER — Host No. 4 Green Mountain Union on Friday, Oct. 25, outlasted the Vergennes Union High School boys’ soccer team, 2-1, in a Division III quarterfinal. The loss snapped the Commodores’ four-game winning streak, during which they had outscored their opposition, 25-0. Coach Kevin Hayes said they had opportunities in a game in which they earned a 10-8 edge in shots on goal. “We did not capitalize on some great chances,” Hayes said. Jonah Mahé scored for VUHS, assisted by Jonathan Willis. Everett Mosher and James Anderson each recorded a goal and an assist for GMU (11-5). Anderson’s goal...

MUHS SENIOR DEFENDER Devon Kearns heads away a first-half corner kick in front of Mount Abe’s Silas Burgess (10) and Tanner Harris (6) during the first half of the Tigers’ 3-0 win over the Eagles at Fucile Field in a Division II quarterfinal Friday. The second-seeded Tigers will host a semifinal on Tuesday at 3 p.m. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Friday’s Division II high school boys’ soccer quarterfinal saw No. 2 Middlebury host No. 10 Mount Abraham in the fall’s third meeting of the two teams. Like the first two times, the 13-3 Tigers prevailed, this time by 3-0. But it wasn’t easy against the 9-5-2 Eagles, who battled MUHS to a scoreless first-half stalemate. Statistically, Mount Abe had a slight edge in the first half: Shots (four apiece) and saves (one each) were even, while the Eagles earned more corners (3-1). But the ball rolled the Tigers’ way after the break. Pressure keyed by the Tiger midfield led to goals by...

GOALIE RYAN TURNBULL of the Gumbies denied a sure goal by the Tigers with a spectacular diving block on Tuesday in the first-round Division II playoff game. Turnbull made 10 saves, but the 12-3 Tigers prevailed 3-0. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury and Mount Abraham boys’ soccer teams both won first-round Division II playoff games on Tuesday to set up a second-round head-to-head matchup, Vergennes cruised in its Wednesday D-III opener, while Otter Valley’s D-III upset bid on Tuesday came up just short. TIGERS The No. 2 Tigers improved to 12-3 with a 3-0 victory over visiting No. 15 Green Mountain Valley. The Tigers scored twice in the first seven minutes and allowed only one shot on two goalies during the game. Eben Jackson opened the scoring in the fifth minute, and Alex Bleich, with an assist from Andy...

TIGER FRESHMAN MIDFIELDER Oliver Anderson goes airborne as Mt. Abe defender Neil Guy clears the ball in the second half of Saturday’s clash of high school rivals in Bristol. The Tigers beat the Eagles 2-0. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — In a regular-season high school boys’ soccer finale in which both teams hoped to establish playoff momentum as well as nail down higher seeds, visiting Middlebury achieved those goals on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over rival Mount Abraham. The win allowed the Tigers to bounce back from Wednesday’s 3-1 loss at Milton, their first all season to a Division II team, — and it clinched the No. 2 seed for them in the D-II playoffs that begin this week. With that seed the 11-3 Tigers, if they can keep winning, can host games through the semifinal round. The Tigers also returned to their...
ADDISON COUNTY — In final regular-season high school boys’ soccer action late last week, Vergennes picked up a pair of wins to make a move in the Division III standings, Mount Abraham won a home game to keep its hopes alive of a first-round D-II home game, Middlebury lost on the road, and Otter Valley dropped a road game. Mount Abe also hosted MUHS on Saturday morning; see story. The Independent will update its Scoreboard/Schedule at when playoff pairings are made official on Monday. First-round games will be played on Tuesday or Wednesday. COMMODORES On Wednesday the...
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent boys’ soccer action — mostly late last week, as Wednesday games were played after deadline — Middlebury and Vergennes earned wins, Otter Valley split two games, and Mount Abraham came up short. Teams are in their final week of play, and the Vermont Principals’ Association will announce playoff pairings on Monday morning. TIGERS On Friday the 11th the Tigers blanked visiting Spaulding, 5-0, as Owen Palcsik scored twice and Eben Jackson and David Peters each set up two goals. Oliver Poduschnick, Andy Giorgio and Frank Wolff also found the net for MUHS, and Middlebury...
FAIR HAVEN — On this past Wednesday host Fair Haven defeated the Otter Valley Union High School boys’ soccer team in double overtime, 3-2. Slater Tyler McClure netted the game-winner on a cross from Kaylo Stevenson. The Slaters took a 2-0 first-half lead on goals from Jake Hochberg and Nick Carrabino. Hayden Bernhardt broke the ice for OV in the second half, and Otter Jeremy Coan tied the game late in regulation. The Otters fell to 1-10. They were set to host Bellows Falls on Friday after the early deadline for this edition; the Independent’s press was closed this past weekend. The 4-8...


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