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TIGER SENIOR DEFENDER Greg Wilhelm heads the ball as Eagle senior back Henry Cogswell leaps in to try to block the ball during Saturday's game at Mount Abraham, won by MUHS in double overtime. Photo by Mark Bouvier
BRISTOL — Just when it began to look like the host Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ soccer team had done enough to hold on for a tie on Saturday vs. visiting Middlebury, the Tigers broke through with 2:05 remaining in the second overtime period. The game-winner came moments after Eagle senior goalie Creed Stillwell had made arguably the best of his eight saves, coming off his line to deny Tiger junior Zach Wilkerson from point-blank range. Wilkerson had cut in from the right side on a feed from junior teammate Eliot Schneider. But the Tigers kept pressing, and sophomore Eddie Fallis...
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent high school boys’ soccer action, Division II Middlebury opened by knocking off two D-I sides, Mount Abraham split a pair of games, Vergennes won over the weekend to move to 2-0, and OV settled for a road tie. TIGERS On Sept. 8, the Tigers made new coach Chris George a winner in his debut, 2-1, over visiting Division I foe Colchester. Henry Carpenter converted two penalty kicks to account for the MUHS offense. Eddie Fallis and Ronen Silberman drew the fouls that sent Carpenter to the stripe. Tiger goalie Owen Lawton made six saves, and Laker keeper Domenick...
ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury was the only local girls’ soccer team to find success during the past week, that coming at the expense of host Otter Valley. Vergennes took an overtime loss at home, and Mount Abraham dropped a pair of games to tough Division I competition. TIGERS-OTTERS On Friday, Sept. 10, the Tigers erupted early to put away host OV, 6-0, and improved to 3-0. Hannah Turner scored twice, Lia Robinson and Meredith Horne each had a goal and an assist, Cady Pitner and Becca Orten both scored, and Lily Lapiner and Lily Dame chipped in assists. Tiger goalie Julia Bartlett made one...

MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School junior Lily Lapiner beats Enosburg Falls defender Dana Elkins to a corner, but her shot slides narrowly past the post and goalie Zoe McGee in the second half of the Tigers’ 2-0 home victory on Tuesday. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — So far, so good for the Middlebury Union High School girls’ soccer team. Three days after rallying for a dramatic 2-1 victory at Montpelier, on Tuesday the Tigers dominated visiting Enosburg in a 2-0 victory. The Tigers outshot the Hornets, 23-5; controlled play at midfield behind the work of two central middies, junior Lia Robinson and senior Hannah Turner, and senior center backs Ivy Doran and Zoe Noble; and got a first-half goal from junior forward Lily Lapiner and a second-half pad strike from first year Meredith Horne in her varsity debut. Senior goalie Julia Bartlett made...
ADDISON COUNTY — Only Middlebury prevailed as the high school girls’ soccer season got under way over the weekend and earlier this week. TIGERS On Saturday the Tigers rallied with two goals in the final seven minutes to knock off host Montpelier, 2-1. Hannah Turner equalized on a breakaway with seven minutes to go, and Sophie Larocque knocked in the game-winner on a Turner corner kick with less than three minutes to go. The result made Coach Reeves Livesay a winner in his debut leading the Tiger girls’ program. The Tigers hosted Enosburg on Tuesday; see story on Page 1B.  OTTERS The...
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School boys’ soccer team opened on Friday by coasting past visiting West Rutland, 5-1. Max Derby scored twice to pace the Otters, and Luca Cifone notched a goal and an assist. Drew Pelkey and Hayden Bernhardt also found the net for OV. Bernhardt played goalie for the first half, when OV took a 3-0 lead, and Brian Stanley took over for the second half. West Rutland’s Cayman Pratt broke up the shutout bid in the late going. The Otters were expecting a stiffer challenge from host Proctor on Wednesday.

CHRIS GEORGE, A former Green Mountain College soccer player, brings a wealth of coaching experience at a variety of levels, most recently at the Addison United club team, to the MUHS boys’ varsity program. George takes over the reins this fall from Reeves Livesay. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The soccer coaching carousel spun at Middlebury Union High School this summer, and when it came to rest one coach had made a graceful exit after 13 years, another had moved from one program to the other to replace her, and a third moved from the local club coaching ranks to fill that vacancy. Leaving was Wendy Leeds, who led the Tiger girls’ varsity to several successful seasons — including a No. 2 seed in Division II — during her nine-year tenure with the varsity. Leeds also coached the JV girls’ team from 2008-2011 before taking over the varsity in 2012, and also served a stint...
HANOVER, N.H. – Addison County players and coaching helped the Vermont Twin-State senior all-star soccer teams sweep their New Hampshire counterparts in games played at Hanover High School on Saturday. The Vermont girls scored twice in the second half in a 3-2 win over New Hampshire, and the Vermont boys outscored New Hampshire, 5-1, in the nightcap. Two local standouts took the field for the Vermont girls, Vergennes Union High School midfielder Hannah Kelly and Mount Abraham defender Savannah Scrodin. Scrodin was credited with a key defensive play in the late going — clearing the ball off...

ABBY BENTON, A 2008 VUHS alum, helped the girls’ soccer team go undefeated in 2006. She is seen here in the final vs. Montpelier. Benton scored the winning goal in the game, and she also played on two Commodore basketball championship teams. Photo courtesy of Abby Benton
STOWE — In 2006 Abby Benton sparked the undefeated Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team to an undefeated season and the Division II championship with a program-record 39 goals in a single season. That distinction was bookended by 2005 and 2006 D-II basketball titles that she helped the Commodore girls’ hoop team win. A 2008 VUHS grad who is now 30, Benton said despite the title tilt favoring hoop, soccer was her favorite sport. Why? She enjoyed analyzing the game on the larger field, where play takes longer to develop. “The vision of the field is bigger and more clear,” said Benton...

SILAS DOYLE-BURR, FRONT left, poses with the crew at Monkton’s Last Resort Farm. At the top of the stack are his parents, Eugenie Doyle and Sam Burr. Doyle-Burr in 2017 signed a lease-to-own deal with them and now runs the farm, while his parents still live on the farm and help him operate it. Photo courtesy of Silas Doyle-Burr
MONKTON — It took a productive, but challenging, two years in the Asian business world for 2005 Mount Abraham Union High School graduate Silas Doyle-Burr to find his true calling — running the Monkton organic farm he grew up on. Along the way, Doyle-Burr, a member of the 2004 Eagle boys’ soccer Division II championship team, found that sports and the lessons they offered helped him along his path.   “There are so many similarities between farming and sports, because failure is pervasive in farming as well. There are so many things out of your control,” said Doyle-Burr, now 33. “You get lucky...

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