COMMODORE SENIOR MIDFIELDER Hannah Kelley beats Stowe’s Ella Murphy to the ball during Saturday’s Division III final in Hartford, as teammates Sydney Weber (No. 8) and Ali Croke move in. Stowe ultimately prevailed. Photo by Holly Weber
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — One play here or there, a bounce maybe, or even a whistle, and maybe things might have been different. But ultimately the scoreboard just counts the goals, not the breaks, and Stowe defeated the Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team, 4-0, in Saturday’s Division III final at the Maxfield Outdoor Sports Complex in White River Junction. The score doesn’t reflect how close the game was. The teams went toe-to-toe for 67 minutes. Then, with the Commodores down, 1-0, and pressing forward seeking an equalizer, the Raiders scored three times in the final 13 minutes. The...
The No. 4 Vergennes girls' soccer team defeated previously unbeaten No. 1 Enosburg Thursday afternoon in a Division III semifinal, 2-0. Rhode Miguel picked up the first goal and assisted Sydney Weber's insurance goal, both in the second half, and goalie Kate Gosliga made two saves. The 7-2-3 Commodores will play No. 10 Stowe (5-6) for the title on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Hartford. Enosburg finished 9-1. To get to Thursday's playoff game, VUHS this past Saturday defeated visiting No. 5 Green Mountain Union, 2-1 in overtime.

Vergennes Union High School goalkeeper Gabe Kadric, challenged by Wolves’ Thomas Gilbert, stretches to corral a high cross in the area in the first half of Wednesday’s Division II semi-final game in Vergennes. The Commodores lost to a goal scored by the visitors in the last minute. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — Wednesday afternoon saw the best Vergennes Union High School boys’ soccer season in many years, even decades, end in heartbreaking fashion. Visiting No. 4 Peoples had been expected to challenge the top-seeded Commodores in the Division III semifinal, and the skilled Wolves did. Peoples controlled most of the possession with excellent midfield work from Gabe Carlson and Norris Duff in particular, and pressured the Commodore backline for much of the game. But at the same time, the Wolves’ real chances were few against a stout VUHS back line, and the Commodores created just as many...

VUHS JUNIOR FORWARD Felicia Poirier gets around a Green Mountain defender in Saturday’s D-III quarterfinal. Poirier scored the overtime game-winner as the No. 4 Commodores got past No. 5 GMUHS, 2-1. Photo courtesy of Holly Weber
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ and girls’ soccer teams both won quarterfinals in the Division III playoffs this weekend, but the Mount Abraham-VUHS cooperative 7-v-7 touch football team bowed out of the Burlington Region postseason. Cross country teams from county schools ran in the state meet on Saturday. If the Commodore soccer teams win their semifinals they will play in finals on Saturday at Hartford, with game times to be announced. COMMODORE BOYS On Friday the VUHS boys, the top seed in D-III, dismissed No. 4 Mill River, 5-1. The 7-5 Minutemen briefly tied the...

Tiger striker Alex Bleich, who scored twice in Friday’s Division II quarterfinal game, battles with Woodstock defender Charles Greene in the first half. MUHS won the home game, 4-1. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The No. 4 Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer team dominated No. 5 Woodstock in a quarterfinal game this past Friday, controlling the ball and outshooting the Wasps, 31-4, in a 4-1 victory. The 7-2-1 Tigers, reloading after heavy graduation losses from the group that reached the 2019 final, are happy to be gelling in the playoffs despite the team’s new identity and the pandemic-shortened season. Senior co-captain Alex Bleich, whose two goals late in Friday’s first half broke the ice, summed up. “This team is amazing. The way that we were able to rebound after losing all the...
BRISTOL — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ soccer team has boldly gone where no team in the program has gone before — to the top seed in a boys’ soccer postseason tournament. Host Mount Abraham on Saturday made sure the final steps on that journey didn’t come easily, scoring two goals 20 seconds apart in the game’s 69th minute to cut the Commodores’ lead to 3-2. But the Commodores righted the ship and controlled most of the final 10 minutes to finish the game with a 3-2 wing and finished the shortened season with a 7-1-1 record, good enough because of a tougher schedule to edge out No. 2...

The Eagles’ Savannah Scrodin (7) fires a rocket into the top corner of the net past Middlebury goalkeeper Audrey Schnoor to give the visitors a one-goal lead at the half on Friday. The Tigers, wearing pink shorts for breast cancer awareness, came back to win the game 2-1. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — As the second half wore on and the rain kept falling during Friday’s girls’ soccer game in Middlebury, it began to look more and more like Mount Abraham senior Savannah Scrodin’s first-half breakaway goal would hold up as the game-winner. Truthfully, the Eagles could have had more than what through 65 minutes was the game’s lone score. Scrodin’s strike came in the 22nd minute, when MUHS goalie Audrey Schnoor could not get a hand on Scrodin’s 12-yard blast into the upper left corner. Mount Abe senior Ellie Ginsburg set up the play, stealing the ball from a Tiger back and sending...

Eagle senior wide receiver Joey Hemingway jumps above BFA Fairfax defender Caden Getty to catch a throw from quarterback Adam Mansfield in Saturday’s 28-21 win in Bristol on Saturday. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — Highlights in recent local high school sports action include a home win for the Mount Abraham-Vergennes cooperative football team and victories by the Middlebury boys and Vergennes girls over rival soccer teams from Mount Abe. The Tiger girls’ soccer team also hosted Mount Abe; click here to see that story. FOOTBALL On Saturday the Mount Abe-VUHS collective 7v7 football team outlasted visiting BFA-Fairfax, 28-21. The Eagles improved to 2-4 heading into a Tuesday game at St. Albans. Each of the Eagle quarterbacks performed well, tossing two touchdown passes and one...

MIDDLEBURY GOALKEEPER AUDREY Schnoor jumps to catch the ball from a corner kick in the second half of Friday’s 2-2 tie with the visiting Vergennes Commodores. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Friday’s high school girls’ soccer game between host Middlebury Union and Vergennes had almost everything except a winner — the Tigers and Commodores dueled to a 2-2 tie. Booming goals? Check. Late comeback? Of course. Momentum swings? Sure. Game-saving saves late in overtime? Why not? Rain and a lightning delay? Welcome to the 802. Even after all that drama, what MUHS Coach Wendy Leeds most wanted to reflect on was something assistant coach Katlyn Mastrantone said following the final horn. After months of COVID-induced inaction and anxiety, Leeds said it just felt like a good,...

VUHS MIDFIELDER TUCKER Stearns is sent flying in a tackle in the first half of Saturday's 1-0 Commodore victory. Independent photo/Steve James
This story has been updated since it was originally published on Sept. 28 to include games played on Tuesday and Wednesday. ADDISON COUNTY — In the first high school sports games of the COVID era on this past Saturday, the Middlebury football team outlasted Otter Valley, the Vergennes soccer teams swept visiting Missisquoi, and both the Mount Abraham-VUHS collective football and the OV field hockey teams came up short on the road.  Then on Tuesday the Mount Abe girls’ soccer team edged MUHS in the opener for both teams, VUHS girls’ soccer settled for a road tie, Mount Abe field hockey debuted...


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