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 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.
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...
MOUNT ABE DEFENDER Elena Bronson heads the ball clear during the second half of Friday’s home loss to visiting Vergennes. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — Vergennes, the No. 4 seed in Division III, was the only winner as the girls’ soccer playoffs opened on Tuesday and Wednesday.
VUHS got past visiting No. 13 Peoples, 2-1, on Tuesday. The 5-2-3 Commodores took a 2-0 lead on goals by Felicia Poirier and Sydney Weber, and Peoples scored with 12 minutes to go. Kate Gosliga made three saves for VUHS, and Josephine Simone made five for the 2-6 visitors. VUHS will host No. 5 Green Mountain Union (8-4) at 11 a.m. on Saturday in a quarterfinal.
In D-II No. 6 Milton (8-2) ousted No. 11 OV, 4-1. Mia Politano ...
MT. ABE'S MADISON Gile’s shot beats Hartford High School goalie Bailey Cameron to tie Friday's game at 1-1 in the first half as Eagle teammates Sarah Heath (8) and Carly Rougier (4) watch. The Eagles scored again in the second half to win 2-1 in Bristol.
ADDISON COUNTY — Highlights in high school sports action late last week include the top-seeded Mount Abraham field hockey team advancing in the Division II playoffs and key wins for the Vergennes girls’ soccer and cooperative Eagle-Commodore football teams.
Sport by sport, here’s what happened:
On Friday in the D-II field hockey playoffs No. 1 Mount Abe survived a challenge from No. 8 Hartford to win 2-1. The Hurricanes took the lead two minutes in on an Alice Piper goal. Maddie Gile equalized for the Eagles as they gradually asserted themselves, and Molly Laurent’s unassisted...
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...
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 — In recent high school 7v7 football play, the Mount Abraham-Vergennes collective team picked up a pair of victories, Otter Valley nearly pulled off a road upset, and Middlebury lost in OT at Rutland. The Tigers’ Saturday game at Burr & Burton was called off due to a positive COVID-19 test at BBA.
The bigger football news is probably that the touch-tackling, all-passing version of the game will have a postseason after all.
Each region will have its own playoffs. No state champions will be crowned, but athletes will all have the opportunity to play at least one and as many...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vergennes edged Mount Abraham on a late goal to provide the biggest highlight in recent high school girls’ soccer action. OV also picked up a win, and VUHS and Middlebury also earned ties.
The Eagles also visited Middlebury on Friday; see story on Page 1B.
On Oct. 14 host VUHS edged Mount Abe, 1-0, when Sydney Weber netted the 77th-minute game-winner during a scramble following a corner kick. Kate Gosliga worked a three-save shutout for the Commodores, and Eagle keeper Joanna Toy stopped six shots.
On Friday, visiting Spaulding topped VUHS, 2-1, on two Sage...
SWANTON — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ cross-country team won the Small School Division at this past Saturday’s NVAC championship meet, while the MUHS and Vergennes boys ran 2-3 in the Small School boys’ race.
MUHS sophomore Seina Dowgiewicz and senior Ella Landis ran 2-3 individually in the girls’ Small School race to spark their team.
The Mount Abraham girls finished sixth. Abigail Johnson led the Eagles with a seventh-place effort.
VUHS senior Ben Huston won the Small School race and finished second overall among all runners, and VUHS senior Gabe Praamsma was second in the Small...