Underdog Tigers win twice, others bow out

ADDISON COUNTY — In Division II girls’ soccer playoff action late last week, No. 15 Middlebury pulled off a pair of upsets to reach the semifinal round, No. 5 Mount Abraham fell just short in a quarterfinal, and No. 9 Vergennes bowed out in the first round.
On Wednesday, the Tigers knocked off host No. 2 Lake Region, 2-0. LRU ended its season at 12-3. The Tigers improved to 3-12 and snapped two streaks: They had not won since starting the season 2-0, and had not scored in nine games. The Tigers broke their scoreless streak in the 14th minute, when Kat Townshend converted a cross from Sara Boe. At 4:31 of the second half, Boe received the ball and turned and fired into the lower right corner to make it 2-0.
Coach Wendy Leeds said freshman goalie Riley Fenster made a couple key saves among her total of nine, and that defender Claire Armstrong excelled in marking LRU standout Tyrah Urie. The only other team to shut out LRU this season was undefeated D-III powerhouse Peoples. LRU goalie Jordyn Cowles made 10 saves.
On Saturday, the Tigers knocked off host No. 7 Montpelier (8-7-1), 2-1. Montpelier’s Kate Laporte scored on a breakaway early in the second half to make it 1-0. Katie Holmes equalized on a penalty kick, and Boe scored in the late going when she picked up a poor Solon clearance, maneuvered around the goalie and converted. Fenster made five saves, and Montpelier’s Natalie Lavigne made 10.
The Tigers will play at No. 3 Milton on Tuesday. The 12-3-1 Yellowjackets defeated MUHS twice this fall, 7-0 and, more recently, 2-0, but Coach Wendy Leeds said the Tigers are playing their best now and are excited about the challenge.
On Wednesday, the Eagles cruised past visiting No. 12 Woodstock, 4-0, a result that dropped the Wasps to 5-10. The Eagle defenders held the Wasps to one shot on goalie Zoe Cassels-Brown, and one of those defenders, Harlie Vincent, opened the scoring for Mount Abe by netting a penalty kick with 10:29 left in the first half.
Stephanie White made it 2-0 at halftime by converting an M.K. Charnley feed, and Mount Abe added second-half goals by Ashlie Fay andErnesta McIntosh, with Meghan Livingston andMary Kate Clark picking up the assists. Woodstock goalie Kaila Lemmer made nine saves.
On Saturday, host No. 4 Harwood (12-3-1), worked overtime to defeat the Eagles, 2-1. The Eagles fell behind in the sixth minute when Harwood’s Harper Dooley took advantage of a failed clear, and Livingston equalized in the third minute after the break, with an assist from Amy Nault.
But despite the Eagles’ 10-1 edge in corner kicks and what Coach Dustin Corrigan called steady second-half and overtime pressure, they could not finish their chances. And Harwood’s Lauren Alexander finished a Dooley cross with 1:09 to go in the first overtime to end the Eagles season. Cassels-Brown made three saves, and Harwood’s Lauren Harper stopped seven shots.
On Wednesday, host No. 8 Springfield defeated No. 9 VUHS, 3-0. Co-coach Peter Maneen said the VUHS defense, especially Kareena Vorsteveld andSara Stearns, and goalie K.C. Ambrose played well against a team that had scored 39 goals in 14 games, allowing only one goal in the run of play. Two Cosmo goals came on penalty kicks, both struck well by Chelsea McAllister.
However, with leading scorer Ruby Dombek hampered by a leg injury, Maneen said VUHS had trouble generating an attack. VUHS finished at 6-8, and Springfield improved to 7-7-1. 

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