girls' soccer

ADDISON COUNTY — Many athletes from the Mount Abraham, Vergennes, Otter Valley and Middlebury union high school girls’ soccer teams received postseason honors. OV’s Olivia White; Mount Abe’s Grace Harvey, Addy Harris, Savannah Scrodin and Mae Peterson; and Tigers Ivy Doran and Merry Kimble earned Division II All-State honors. Commodores Emily Rooney, Sophie Hatch and Sydney Weber were named D-III All-State players. White and teammate Leah Pinkowski were named to MVL B Division First Team All Stars, and OV’s Julia Eastman was named an MVL B Division Second Team All Star. Rooney was named the...

COMMODORE ALI CROKE, right, and Thetford’s Grace Davis race after the ball during Saturday’s Division III final at Hartford. Thetford prevailed, 6-1, over the Commodores for its second straight D-III crown. VUHS finished 11-5-1 and made its second straight title-game appearance. Photo by Holly Weber
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — For the second straight season top-seeded Thetford Academy defeated the No. 2 Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team in a Division III final, this time on Saturday, 6-1, at Hartford Union High School. Thetford, a 20-minute bus ride from the site, scored three times in the first 25 minutes of the 10 a.m. game against the Commodores, who awoke early for a two-hour journey. Co-Coach Peter Maneen said the Commodores bounced back to gain the upper hand for the next 30 minutes. Fifteen minutes into the second half VUHS striker Sydney Weber stole the ball from a...

VUHS GIRLS’ SOCCER goalie Kate Gosliga made seven saves, two on second-half breakaways, in the Commodores’ 2-1 semifinal win over visiting Leland & Gray on Wednesday. No. 2 VUHS will face No. 1 Thetford for the D-III title on Saturday. Elsewhere the No. 1 Otter Valley and No. 2 Mount Abraham field hockey teams also won their semifinals — both in overtime — and will meet for the D-II crown on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Holly Weber
ADDISON COUNTY — Three local high school teams all won playoff semifinals in dramatic fashion on Wednesday and will play in championship games on Saturday. The No. 2 Vergennes Union girls’ soccer team hung on for a 2-1 victory over No. 3 Leland & Gray in a Wednesday afternoon Division III semifinal. The 11-4-1 Commodores advanced to the final for the second straight season. They will play No. 1 Thetford (14-2-1), the defending champion, at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Hartford High School. Later on Wednesday two local field hockey teams prevailed in overtime in separate D-II semifinal games...

SENIOR MIDFIELDER LEAH Croke moves in to block a pass from a Windsor player during a Division III quarterfinal on Wednesday. Croke scored a goal early in the 6-1 game. Courtesy of Bill Clark
VERGENNES — The No. 2 Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team dismissed visiting No. 10 Windsor, 6-1, in a Division III quarterfinal on Wednesday. The Commodores improved to 10-4-1 with the win over the 8-7-1 Jacks and will next host No. 3 Leland & Gray (14-2) on Wednesday at 3 p.m. VUHS did not meet Leland & Gray this season, but L&G twice faced Windsor, defeating the Jacks both times, 3-1. L&G also twice played the Commodores’ first-round playoff foe, Bellows Falls, defeating the Terriers by 10-0 at home and 2-0 on the road. The Commodores outshot the Terriers by 39-0...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ soccer team began this season talking of realistic hopes of winning the Division II championship. The group included 10 seniors, many who helped the Eagles reach semifinals in 2017 and 2018. But the dream didn’t come true: On Saturday No. 7 seed Harwood (8-5) cashed in on its chances and upset the host No. 2 Eagles, 3-1, in a quarterfinal. The 13-4 Eagles outshot the Highlanders, 15-7, but Harwood scored twice on just three second-half shots to snap a 1-1 tie. Coach Dustin Corrigan afterward told a tale as old as soccer about certain...

VERGENNES SENIOR CENTRAL defender Sophie Hatch controls the ball under pressure during the Commodores’ first-round home Division III playoff game on Tuesday. No. 2 VUHS defeated No. 15 Bellows Falls, 2-0. Hatch and her fellow defenders did not allow the Terriers to fire a shot at the Commodore goal. Photo by Holly Weber
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team, seeded No. 2 in Division II, had a little bit of trouble putting the ball in the net against visiting No. 15 Bellows Falls on Tuesday, but overall had little trouble with the 2-13 Terriers: VUHS outshot them by 39-0 in a 2-0 victory. The Commodores, seeking a return to the D-III final for the second straight season, improved to 9-4-1 and will host a quarterfinal on Saturday at 1 p.m. Their opponent will be No. 10 Windsor (8-6-1) an upset winner over defending champion and No. 7 seed Oxbow (9-5-1). EAGLES OVER OTTERS Two of the...
ADDISON COUNTY — In final regular-season high school girls’ soccer action last week, Mount Abraham topped Middlebury to get the No. 2 seed in Division II, idle Vergennes earned the No. 2 seed in D-III, and Otter Valley dropped its season finale. 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. EAGLES-TIGERS The host Eagles defeated the Tigers, 3-0, on Friday. Addy Harris scored in the fifth minute. Becca Laurent, from Ellie Ginsberg, and Chloe Johnston,...

GOALIE KATE GOSLIGA and the rest of the Vergennes defense scramble to clear a corner kick as Eagles Juliette Snell (2) and Lucy Guy (8) wait to swoop in the first half of Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to Mount Abe in Bristol. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — It almost felt like Tuesday’s high school girls’ soccer game between host Mount Abraham and Vergennes was over before it started. The host Division II Eagles, smarting from a rough stretch the week before, jumped on the Commodores quickly. They launched three shots in the first 4:20, scored on their third, and added two more goals in the first 23:03 in their 3-0 victory, one that clinched their Lake Division crown. They outshot VUHS, 32-3, even though the Commodores had come in riding a four-game winning streak that had moved them into first place in D-III. As of Wednesday VUHS...
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent area girls’ soccer play Vergennes won, Otter Valley picked up one victory in three tries, and Mount Abraham and Middlebury were defeated. The Eagles also hosted the Commodores on Tuesday; see story on Page 1B. Teams are in their final week of play, and the Vermont Principals’ Association will announce playoff pairings on Monday morning. COMMODORES On Saturday the Commodores blanked visiting Green Mountain Valley, 3-0. Emily Rooney scored twice, Sydney Weber notched a goal and an assist, and Hannah Kelly set up Weber’s goal that gave VUHS the early lead. Kate Gosliga...

MUHS SENIOR FORWARD Merry Kimble, foreground, waves for the ball as sophomore midfielder Ivy Doran controls it during the Tigers’ Thursday home game vs. Rutland. In the background sophomore midfielder Sophie Larocque, who scored in the Tigers’ 4-2 setback, looks on. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
ADDISON COUNTY — In midweek high school girls’ soccer action last week, three local teams — Vergennes, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley — all picked up victories, while Middlebury dropped a pair of contests. Friday and Saturday games in all sports were played after the early deadline for this edition; the Independent’s press was closed this past weekend. COMMODORES The Commodores on Wednesday defeated defending Division II champion Milton, 3-1, picking up valuable points in their efforts to remain on top of the D-III standings in the process. VUHS scored the game’s first three goals before...


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