Eagles rout Twinfield in playoff opener
Haley Mattison led the way on offense for the Eagles notching a hat trick in the contest, bringing her season total to 31. Arlington had goals from four other players — Tess Belnap, Amiah Olson, Xandria Hoyt and Lilah Ward. The eighth goal was an own goal. Kierstyn Hess added an assist.
Belnap also had three assists on the night and her goal pushes her team-high total to 39.
Three of the Eagles' goals came in the first 15 minutes with two coming from Mattison and the other being the own goal.
Shaana Staab had two saves for Arlington. Her shutout in goal was her 11th of the season in 15 games.
Arlington will take on Twin Valley Saturday at 1 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
Long Trail moves on
DORSET — The No. 2 seed Long Trail boys soccer team topped No. 15 Chelsea Wednesday in the Division IV playdowns with a commanding offensive performance.
Will McCullough led the way for the Mountain Lions, notching four goals as Long Trail went on to win 7-0.
McCullough's offensive outburst brings his total to 27 goals for the season. The other three goals for the Mountain Lions were scored by Luca Ditursi, Jason Caggiano and Garrett Petrossi.
Long Trail is scheduled to play the winner of the 7-10 matchup, between Cabot and Whitchester, on Saturday at 1 p.m. at home.
Arlington scores late, often in opening win
ARLINGTON — The Arlington boys soccer team waited until the 66th minute, but when they finally broke through, the No. 6 Eagles took it to No. 11 Mount St. Joseph in a 3-0 win in the opening round of the Division IV playoffs on Wednesday.
Freshman Dominic Whalen scored the first goal, getting a nice pass from Wil Stewart to break the scoreless deadlock. Three minutes later, Chase Hoyt doubled the lead and then two minutes after that, Stewart found Lewis Whalen for the final tally.
Bailey Cross earned the shutout in goal for Arlington, who improve to 9-5-1 and face No. 3 South Royalton on Friday.
Eagles complete perfect regular season
ARLINGTON — In a season full of blowouts, it was a major comeback in the final five minutes on Saturday that could define the Arlington girls soccer team.
Down 1-0 to Proctor with five minutes left, Jamie Keel cleaned up a ball bouncing in the box after a corner kick from Aimee Frank to tie the game at 1-1.
Two minutes later, off a free kick from Frank, Belnap got the ball and zipped it past the Proctor goalie to take the lead.
Arlington finishes the season undefeated 14-0 and holds the top seed in the Division IV tournament, which begins this week. Proctor, at 10-3, is the No. 2 seed.
BBA drops season finale
BRATTLEBORO — Kharisma Boyd scored 10 minutes into the second half to lead Brattleboro to a 1-0 win over Burr and Burton on Saturday in the regular season finale.
Hannah Callen had one save, while Natalya Farkin had nine stops.
"Hannah Hedberg had a fantastic game at left [midfield], she moved the ball well and distributed it consistently to the open spaces. Charleigh Carthy also played very well for us at left attack. We had many opportunities in front of the goal, including 12 offensive corners — we just were not able to convert on them today. We had a number of players out with injuries today and hope to have them back for postseason play next week," said BBA coach Barb Miceli.
SMS edged in D-II by Harwood
MORETOWN — The Stratton Mountain boys soccer team traveled to Moretown to battle 6th ranked HarwooD in the first round of the Division II playoffs. After falling behind 3-0 in the first half, SMS battled back with two goals of their own in the second half, but ran out of time in a frantic second half which ended with a 3-2 Harwood victory.
Harwood opened the scoring 45 seconds into the match on a nice finish by Ely Kalkstein on a cross from the right. Play evened and SMS missed a close header by Liam Mooney off a corner kick.
With 15 minutes remaining in the first half Harwood's Jacob O'Brien finished a rebound after a nice save by SMS keeper Michael Rose. Then with two minutes left Harwood's O'Brien broke through the defense and tallied a third goal for the Highlanders.
SMS came out of the break with high energy, and their aggression paid immediate dividends when Lucas Wiacek took a nice through ball by Adam Witkowski and buried it in the lower left corner. The remainder of the second half was a close battle with both sides playing with high intensity and creating scoring opportunities. Despite several quality chances, SMS did not convert again until the 78th minute when Wiacek blasted a half volley on a rebound of a corner kick for his second goal of the game. The last two minutes were fast and furious, but SMS ran out of time, and when the final horn sounded, Harwood was the 3-2 victor.
SMS finished their season with a 6-4-1 record which is a huge improvement over a winless campaign in 2016. Coach Jim Sullivan commented, "I am very proud of our effort and success in the playoff game as well as throughout the season. We never quit, even when the odds were stacked against us. We got a lot better this year, and the kids got a kick out of winning several games and being competitive in every game. I'm optimistic that we are moving in the right direction and will continue to be quite competitive in the coming years."
Long Trail wins MVL D division
WEST RUTLAND — The Long Trail boys soccer team won its first Marble Valley League division title on Thursday, scoring a 2-1 win over West Rutland.
Will McCullough tallied to open the scoring from 25 yards out and then Franco Cassotti doubled the lead to make it 2-0 midway through the first half.
Eric Maxham scored with 2:21 left in the half to cut the deficit but that's as far as the Horde would get.
Long Trail finishes the regular season at 11-2-1 and awaits its seeding this weekend.
BENNINGTON — The Vermont Basketball Coaches' Association will hold its annual coaching clinic on November 4 and 5 at the University of Vermont. This is open to all basketball coaches. A registration form can be found on www.vbca.info.
November 4 starts with UVM women's and men's basketball games vs. St. Michael's College. A panel discussion will follow at the Best Western, Windjammer on Williston Road.
The following coaches will answer questions and concerns regarding coaching high school basketball in Vermont. (Bill Waller, Vergennes; Buddy Hayford, Twin Valley; Ute Otley, CVU; Bob Prenevost, Fair Haven; Jake Eaton, Proctor; Tom Obbagy, Winooski)
The next day features speakers including John Becker, UVM men's coach, Dr. James Slauterbeck, Dan Sheppardson, and K. J. Krasco, Middlebury women's coach.
Tickets to the UVM/St. Michaels games will be free to coaches who pre-register before Oct.16th.
If you have any questions, please call Dave Fredrickson at 802-442-8075
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