Eagle win highlights girls’ soccer

ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham won twice to reach the Division II semifinals and highlight local girls’ soccer teams’ postseason efforts last week.
In other games, Middlebury, Vergennes and Otter Valley all dropped first-round road matches to higher seeds.
Mount Abe, the No. 5 seed in D-II, opened on Wednesday with a convincing 3-0 win over visiting No. 12 Mill River. Hazel Chorney opened the scoring for the Eagles in the 13th minute with an assist from Amy Nault, and the Eagles led at the half, 1-0.
Mount Abe then broke the game open when Meghan Livingston scored twice in less than two minutes, in the 10th and 12th minutes of the second half. The first was unassisted, and Mia Faesy set up the second. The Mount Abe defense allowed only two shots on goalie Ashlie Fay, while goalie Courtney Ley made seven saves for MRU (5-9-1).
On Saturday, the Eagles knocked off No. 4 Lake Region, 2-1. LRU (12-4) scored first, but Evy Jacobs celebrated her return to the lineup after missing the first-round game with an ankle sprain by scoring the tying goal before halftime. Livingston then again netted the second-half game-winner as the Eagles improved to 10-4-2.
Mount Abe will next take on No. 1 Montpelier (12-2) in a game scheduled for Montpelier on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Eagles and Solons have not faced each other this fall. The D-II final is set to be played at Randolph High School on Saturday at a time to be announced.
On Wednesday, OV, the No. 13 seed in D-II, put a scare into host Lake Region in a 2-1 setback. A Lauren Nesshoever goal in the 10th minute gave the Otters the lead, but Tyrah Urie knotted the score soon afterward. LRU got the game-winner with less than two minutes to go on a 25-yard Ashley Locke free kick. OV finished at 4-9-2.
VUHS, the No. 11 seed in D-II, played No. 6 Hartford tough on Wednesday, but came up short in a 2-0 setback. One of the two goals allowed by Commodore goalie Caitlin Chaput deflected off a VUHS player. The Commodores finished at 5-9-1, while the Hurricanes improved to 9-6.
MUHS, the No. 14 seed in D-I, fell to No. 3 Mount Anthony on Wednesday, 7-2. Despite the lopsided score, Coach Wendy Leeds said the Tigers played well, especially considering two starters, senior Lydia Allen and Sophia Abdul-Sater, left the game with first-half injuries, and a third, Zaidie Barnard-Mayers, suffered a serious knee injury in their final regular season contest.
“I was psyched to see that Mt. Anthony really brought out in us some of our best soccer in terms of composure, passing, and pace,” Leeds said in an email.   
After the 10-2-2 Patriots took a 3-0 lead, Nathalie Ingersoll got the Tigers on the board by volleying in a Sara Boe cross. Rachel Sheldrick added a second-half goal for MUHS (5-9-1), and the Tigers’ senior goalies Sydney Reigle (nine saves) and Courtney Backus (10) combined for 19 stops. Two MAU goalies combined for five stops. 

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