ADDISON COUNTY — In high school boys’ soccer games on Tuesday both Mount Abraham and Middlebury posted road shutouts, but Vergennes dropped a home contest.
The Eagles rolled to a 6-0 win over host Spaulding. Branden Reynolds scored twice to lead the attack, and Eric McKean assisted three goals. Also finding the net for Mount Abe were Colby Gile, Silas Burgess, Ethan DeWitt and Tanner Harris. Quincy Cook stepped into goal and posted a five-save shutout as the Eagles improved to 7-2-2, remaining in the race for a home playoff game in Division II. Levi Hilton-VanOsdall stopped three shots...
TIGER MIDFIELDER IVY Doran knocks the ball way from Commodore forward Maria Malaney during Friday’s girls’ soccer game at VUHS. The host Commodores prevailed, 4-1.
Photo by Holly Weber
VERGENNES — Things might be coming together for the Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team.
For sure, challenges lie ahead for the 6-3-1 Commodores before the Division III playoffs, including games vs. three tough D-II teams.
But last week the Commodores followed a 5-0 victory at Spaulding on Wednesday with a solid 4-1 decision on Friday over visiting Middlebury. Those games came after a tough prior week that saw 3-0 setbacks vs. D-II Mount Abraham and Rice.
The Commodores and their coaches believe the better results show their progress in possessing the ball, being more aggressive...
TIGER SENIOR EBEN Jackson lines up the game-winning, double-overtime shot in Saturday’s boys’ soccer game in Middlebury. Jackson’s goal was the only one surrendered by Commodore keeper Jeffrey Stearns, left, who made 10 saves. Tiger freshman goalie Owen Lawton stopped eight shots.
Photo by Gabe Hamilton
MIDDLEBURY — For the third straight game, the Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer team found itself tied in the late going, this time at 0-0 in double overtime on Saturday against their scrappy neighbors from Vergennes.
The 8-2 Tigers, winners of five straight, found the same answer they had in their 1-0 win over visiting Milton on Sept. 27 and their 2-1 victory over Mount Abraham three days earlier.
That would be senior forward Eben Jackson, who scored the game-winner in both those games, in double overtime vs. Milton and with five minutes left in regulation vs. the Eagles.
ADDISON COUNTY — In high school girls’ soccer play late last week Mount Abraham and Vergennes rolled to big wins, but Otter Valley fell short in a shootout.
The Commodores also hosted Middlebury on Friday; see story.
The Eagles rolled over visiting Rice, 6-0, to improve to 8-1 and maintain their grip on second place in Division II.
Addy Harris led the attack with two goals and two assists, Chloe Johnston scored twice, and Juliette Snell and Sydney Minnerly also found the net. Justice Green backstopped the Eagles’ eighth straight win with 10 saves, and Rice goalie Khadijah Hussein made...
EAST MONTPELIER — The Vergennes Union High School boys were second out of 16 teams at Saturday’s U-32 Invitational cross-country meet, while the Middlebury girls were fourth out of eight scoring squads.
Ben Huston led the Commodore boys with a fifth-place finish, while Tiger runner Jack Christner led his sixth-place team by taking seventh.
U-32 easily won the boys’ race with 52 points, but the next five teams were closely bunched. The Commodores tied St. Johnsbury for second with 128 points but won on a tiebreaker, while the Tigers were only 11 points behind at 139. Mount Abraham, led by Noah...
EAGLE MIDFIELDER GRACE Harvey and Commodore forward Sydney Weber go up for a header during Saturday’s girls’ soccer game at VUHS. The Eagles’ 3-0 win was their sixth straight.
Photo by Holly Weber
VERGENNES — Two local girls’ soccer teams with postseason hopes met at Vergennes Union High School on Saturday, and one came away happier.
Visiting Mount Abraham controlled play against the host Commodores in a 3-0 victory, with edges of 17-7 in shots and 4-2 in corner kicks that showed the Eagles’ advantage in possession.
The 6-1 Eagles have won six straight after an opening overtime loss to Division II’s first-place team U-32, also 6-1. Mount Abe is in second.
Eagle senior midfielder Mae Peterson said the Eagles have learned to be more consistent since that setback.
“At the beginning of the...
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ soccer, all on Tuesday, Middlebury and Vergennes picked up road victories, while Mount Abraham settled for a home tie.
Otter Valley’s Tuesday game at West Rutland was postponed due to an unplayable field.
The Tigers earned a 3-0 win at Spaulding, improving to 5-2 in the process, good for third place in Division II. Owen Palcsik’s goal, set up by an Eben Jackson cross, gave MUHS the lead midway through the first half. In the second half Abel Anderson’s unassisted goal made it 2-0, and Alex Bleich capped the scoring on a feed from Frank Wolff....
MIDDLEBURY — The Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team defeated host Middlebury on Tuesday, 2-0.
The Division III Commodores improved to 3-1-1 and will visit defending D-II champion Milton on Friday. MUHS dropped to 2-2 and will host Rice on Friday.
VUHS got on the board on an Emily Rooney goal set up when Maria Malaney picked off an errant Tiger clearance. Sydney Weber made it 2-0 in the late going on an indirect kick just outside the Tiger box, drilling a tap-back from Rooney into the lower left corner.
VUHS goalie Kate Gosliga handled the only two Tiger shots on goal for the...
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School won one soccer game and tied another in action late last week. The Commodores will carry a 2-1-1 record into a Tuesday game at MUHS.
On Wednesday the Commodores topped host Missisquoi, 4-1. Elsa Makelainen scored twice for VUHS, and Emily Rooney and Felicia Poirier added a goal apiece.
On Saturday visiting Fair Haven settled for a 1-1 tie. Rooney scored on a second-half direct kick to tie the game after Megan Ezzo gave the Slaters the first-half lead. VUHS goalie Kate Gosliga stopped six shots, and Emma Ezzo made five saves for the 4-0-1 Slaters.
VERGENNES — In an early-season defensive battle at Vergennes Union High School on Tuesday, one free kick proved to be the difference as visiting Middlebury came away with a 1-0 victory over the host Commodores.
The goal came in the second half’s 31st minute courtesy of Tiger senior right back Devon Kearns. Senior center midfielder Owen Palcsik sent a low direct kick from just outside the left of the VUHS box. It bounced just past the penalty stripe.
Somehow the roller eluded the Commodore defense, stout all game long. Also eluding them was a 12-yard, left-footed tap-in from Kearns, breaking...