Arlington, Mount Anthony girls lead SVL honors
BENNINGTON — A number of local boys and girls soccer players were honored as Southern Vermont League all-stars on Monday, as were three coaches.
After a season in which it went 10-6 and reached the Division I quarterfinals, the Mount Anthony girls had four players honored in Division A, including Jordan Mattison, Allie Bullett, Antonia Pellon and Emma Salem.
Mark Boudreau was named the coach of the year as the Patriots won a playoff game for the third year in a row.
"We didn't have superstars, but a lot of great pieces that fit well together," Boudreau said. "Being able to mix and match players all over the field made us successful."
Mattison and Pellon both had seven goals, while Bullett had five.
Salem led a defense that allowed less than two goals per game.
"Emma on defense had a lot of composure," Boudreau said. "She's smart, sees the field well and plays with a lot of heart."
Boudreau earned the coaching award, voted on by other coaches in the SVL.
"It's always nice to be recognized by people I respect, there's a lot of great people [in the state]," Boudreau said. "It's really a team award, we didn't have any games where we were flat, we showed up every single game. It made me look good."
The Burr and Burton girls also had four first-team nods in Division A, including University of Massachusetts commit Grace Pinkus, Rebecca Montaufray, Aryn Iannuzzi and goalkeeper Carol Herbert.
Pinkus scored 23 of the team's 41 goals in 2019, drawing double and triple teams at every turn. Montaufray scored one goal playing in the midfield, while Iannuzzi was part of a defense that allowed a minuscule 1.06 goals per game.
In goal, the senior Herbert had five shutouts as part of her line.
The Bulldogs went 11-4, falling in the Division I quarterfinals to upstart North Country.
The Arlington girls cashed in with five first-team players honored in Division D after finishing the season 11-6 with a loss to Proctor in the state semifinal.
Lilah Ward, Lilith Fuchs, Haley Mattison, Schuylar Nolan and Amiah Olson were chosen as first-teamers, while Sarah Tilley was on the second team.
Coach Aaron Wood earned the yearly award as well.
"Our team changed when we moved Lilah to the midfield," Wood said. "We had one goal through three games and ended up with 79 on the year. We had great senior leadership between Lilah and Haley."
The two combined for 41 goals on the year, led by Ward's 23, tied for the No. 1 spot in the area.
Olson, a junior, and Nolan, a freshman, were part of a defense that allowed 1.64 goals a game.
"Amiah is a fierce tackler, not afraid of anybody," Wood said. "Schuylar is developing into a great leader, and she's only a freshman."
Fuchs, an exchange student from Germany, scored 17 goals, all in the final 12 games of the year.
"We hadn't gotten an exchange student on the girls soccer side," Wood said. "She was more than a contributor, she was lethal as the season went on."
Wood was picked as the coach of the year as well.
"This year was the most fun as a coach, we improved a lot from day 1," Wood said. "It was nice to go to practice and work on getting better every day."
The Long Trail girls finished 6-10, reaching the Division IV quarterfinals after an upset of Danville. They had three first-team players in Division D, including Molly Sanderson, Kathryn Dugan and Audra Marcus. Nancy Dominic, who split time on defense and in goal, was named to the second team.
Sanderson and Dugan combined to score 30 of the team's 33 goals for the Mountain Lions.
On the boys side, Burr and Burton had five first-team choices in Jayden Bloom, Will Fox, River DeFelice, Luke Lehmann and goalie Liam Day after finishing 10-6 and reaching the Division I quarterfinals.
Coach Pete Mull was voted as the coach of the year in Division A as well.
Bloom led the Bulldogs with 12 goals, while Fox and DeFelice each ended up with eight. Day had six shutouts and Lehmann was part of a defense that allowed 1.8 goals.
Mull earned a coach of the year nod as well.
Arlington had two first teamers and a second-teamer in Division C in a year where they finished 13-4-1 and made a second-straight Division IV title game appearance.
Lewis Whalen was the second-teamer, despite a season with 24 goals, the No. 1 scorer of the year in the area.
Seniors Matthew Ritchie and Kolby Wilkins were first-team nods. Ritchie had eight goals and controlled the midfield, but dealt with injuries throughout, while Wilkins had three goals and commanded the defense.
Mount Anthony had one first-teamer in sophomore Jordan Gardner. Gardner had one goal in a season where Mount Anthony went 3-10-1. He was named a captain by coach Mike Molloy and the rest of the team, the first time in Molloy's career a sophomore was promoted as a captain.
In Division D, Long Trail had a single all-star in Oisin Harrington after a 1-8-2 campaign.
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