Arlington leads local all-state contingent
BENNINGTON — The championship-winning Arlington girls and boys soccer teams led the list of local players were earned Vermont all-state honors.
After the Eagle boys won their first title since 1995, four were tabbed as all-staters — Wil Stewart, Chase Hoyt, Jack Lane and Kolby Wilkins.
Stewart scored three goals on the year, but was one of the top assisters, including helpers on three of the team's four goals in their Division IV semifinal against Rivendell. Hoyt added three goals as well, doing much of his damage off the set piece as one of the team's main takers of corner and free kicks.
Lane and Wilkins were a part of a defensive line that allowed 17 goals in 17 games. In the final eight games of the year, the defense allowed three tallies, including none in the playoffs.
Five Arlington girls earned all-state nods, including senior goalie Shaana Staab, juniors Tess Belnap and Haley Mattison, along with defenders Amiah Olson and Lilah Ward.
Staab had 11 shutouts in 17 total games, including five clean sheets in a row to end the season. Olson and Ward were a major part of that wall, keeping some of the better offensive players in Division IV out of the scoring column.
On the other side, Belnap scored 37 times this year as she passed the 100-goal milestone in her career. Mattison scored 17 times, the second-highest total for the Eagles, who finished 15-1-1 after their second championship in a row.
At Mount Anthony, David Chorlton was named to the all-state squad after scoring 23 goals in his only season with the Patriots. The 23 goals lead the area in that category. On the girls side, Jordan Mattison, the team-leader in scoring with 16 tallies — almost have of the Mount Anthony total — was chosen, along with goalie Maddy Breese.
The senior netminder helped lead MAU to a 6-game win streak in the middle of the season and her stops in penalty kicks against Rutland advanced the Patriots in the Division I playoffs.
At Burr and Burton, defender Aiden Francomb helped the Bulldogs to a 9-6 record on the year as he was named an all-state representative. Francomb and the rest of the defense stepped it up in the final weeks of the year, allowing only three goals in the final seven games.
Coach Pete Mull was named as the Marble Valley League coach of the year in Division A as well. After an 0-3 start, BBA went 9-3 and finished the regular season on a 6-game win streak.
On the girls side, a trio of Bulldogs were named to the all-state team, Sky Woodard, Aisha Navarrete and Grace Pinkus.
Pinkus led the team in scoring with 13 tallies, including a pair of goals in a playdown win over Middlebury. Woodard was second-high with 10 goals, while Navarrete played a strong sweeper spot in the defensive end.
BBA finished 9-5-1 this year and fell in the quarterfinal to South Burlington.
At Long Trail School, Liam Murphy was honored on the boys side and Kathryn Dugan and Molly Sanderson on the girls side.
Murphy was part of a squad that struggled in the regular season but stepped up in the postseason to pull a pair of upsets and reach the Division IV semifinals.
Sanderson and Dugan combined for nearly 20 goals on the year as the sophomore and junior helped the Mountain Lions reach the Division IV semifinal for the third straight season.
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