Mt. Abe

THE ATHLETES OF the Mount Abe field hockey team take wing to celebrate their victory vs. Otter Valley in Saturday’s D-II field hockey final at UVM. The Eagles won their second straight title and the program’s ninth. Independent photo/Steve James
BURLINGTON — As Saturday’s scoreless Division II high school field hockey final between No. 1 Otter Valley and No. 2 Mount Abraham at the University of Vermont moved later into the second half, two things became clear: That one great play could make the difference, and that it would probably take a great play to beat either senior goalie. Ultimately, that’s what happened. Three young Eagles combined for the game-winner, with the youngest, freshman center midfielder Madison Gile, providing the finishing touch on a set-up from sophomores Txuxa Konczal and Abby Reen.   Gile’s strike came with 11...

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...

EAGLE AND TIGER players buzz around the Middlebury cage as Tiger midfielder Lois Alberts, right, moves to clear the ball during the first half of Thursday’s Division II quarterfinal in Bristol. Mount Abe won, 2-0, and will play No. 3 Hartford in a Wednesday semifinal in South Burlington. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — The defending Division II champion Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team on Thursday cleared its first playoff hurdle, but visiting No. 7 Middlebury set the bar high for the No. 2 Eagles. Ultimately, the Eagles created more pressure that translated into 23 penalty corners, and two of them paid off with Molly Laurent and Sydney Perlee goals as they came away with a 2-0 victory. The veteran Eagle defense of Maizy Shepard in the middle and Camille Lyons on the flanks also excelled in disrupting the Tigers’ transition attack as Mount Abe (9-3-2) posted its third shutout in...

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...
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...

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 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,...
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 final regular-season high school field hockey action late last week, Otter Valley and Mount Abraham won to nail down the top Division II seeds, while Middlebury lost. 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. OTTERS On Saturday the Otters bested visiting Brattleboro, 7-1. Alia Edmunds (three goals, assist) and Brittney Jackson (two goals) led the attack, and Ryleigh LaPorte and Morgan LaPorte also scored. The Colonels finished 4-...


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