Mount Abe boys’ soccer wins MUHS tourney

MIDDLEBURY — The Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ soccer team improved to 6-0 and won Middlebury’s annual J.P. Carrara tournament late last week.
The Eagles knocked off Milton in Saturday’s final, 1-0, after working overtime to beat Vergennes in Thursday’s first round. VUHS prevailed in Saturday’s consolation, 2-1, over MUHS, which fell to Milton on Thursday, 4-2.
In Saturday’s final, the Eagles picked their second win over Milton (1-5-1) of the week, 1-0. Unlike the first victory, by 6-1 on Monday, Saturday’s game was a defensive battle decided by one strike, Theo Weaver’s 25-yard bomb that he unleashed after taking a Charlie Mayer free throw. That was the only one of six Eagle shots that Milton goalie Nate Dooley did not stop, while the Eagles’ Ira Fisher worked a two-save shutout. Milton dropped to 1-5-1.
In the consolation, VUHS (2-3) rode a big first half to a 2-1 win over the 1-6 Tigers. The Commodores took a 2-0 first-half lead on goals by Josh Benning andLiam Hayes, but the Tigers pressed in the second half and got one back when Calder Birdsey knocked the ball in during a goal-mouth scramble.  
On Thursday, the Commodores scored first and pushed the Eagles to two overtimes. Liam Godfrey’s first-half goal off a corner kick gave VUHS the lead, but Rider MacCrellish, assisted by Aiden White-Pifer, equalized in the second half. Two minutes into the second overtime, Ethan White netted the game-winner off another White-Pifer feed. VUHS goalie Dylan Raymond made seven saves.
On Thursday, Milton bested the Tigers, 4-2, despite second-half goals by Drew Barnicle and Sullivan Swearingen. Coach Bret Weekes said Max Livingstone-Peters played well defensively, and Evan Ryan andBirdsey also created chances on the attack. Nate Cary notched two goals for Milton.

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