Tiger soccer teams, Eagle girls prevail

ADDISON COUNTY — In recent high school soccer action, the Middlebury Union girls improved to 4-0 for the first time in at least two decades, the Tiger boys broke into the win column, and the Mount Abe girls moved over .500, but the Vergennes and Otter Valley girls and Eagle boys came up short. The VUHS boys were idle earlier this week.
MUHS moved to 4-0 by edging host Missisquoi, 2-1, on a pair of Katherine Townsend goals in the final 17 minutes of the game. Andi Boe set up the first, and Townsend broke in alone on the second. MVU scored a late goal on their third shot on net of the game to create the final score. The Tigers had a 27-7 edge in shots at goal, and MVU keeper Jenna Bourdeau made eight saves, several of them acrobatic. Tiger goalies Molly Campbell andRiley Fenster stopped one shot each.
On Monday, the Tigers broke through for their first win when Drew Barnicle countered host Missisquoi’s second-half pressure and chipped home the tie-breaking, game-winning shot in a 2-1 game. It was the 1-4 Tigers’ only shot on goal in the half. Barnicle also set up Lucas Pyle’s first half score on a corner kick, and goalie Wilder Perera stopped nine shots. Two MVU goalies combined for four saves.
On Tuesday, the Eagle girls won their third straight by edging host Milton, 1-0. Stacie Sabourin netted a second-half rebound and goalie Zoe Cassels-Brown worked a seven-save shutout. Auburn Sendra made a dozen saves for the 2-3 Yellowjackets.
On Tuesday, visiting Rice knocked off the Commodore girls, 4-0, despite 13 saves from VUHS goalie K.C. Ambrose. Division I Rice picked up its first win, while VUHS dropped to 2-3 heading into a Friday home game vs. Mount Abe.
On Sept. 12 the Otters lost, 1-0, to host Green Mountain in the opening round of the Chieftains’ annual tournament. Saturday’s consolation and title games were postponed. OV coach Rick Hedding praised the work of Jillian Flanders,Molly McGee,Nicole Rossi andShana Houle on the field andNora Enright in goal, but said the Otters could not convert any of their 12 shots on the GMU goal.
On Tuesday, standout Ella Bankert sparked Mill River (4-1) past the Otters, 8-1. OV, struggling with injuries and playing without substitutes, dropped to 0-5. Hedding said he hoped OV would be back near full strength soon.
On Monday, host Milton dealt the Eagles their first setback of the fall, 2-0. Milton scored in the first minute and then again in the second half. Goalie Hunter Goodwin made three saves as Milton, which will compete in this weekend’s four-team tournament at MUHS, improved to 3-1-1. Nick Sczcecinski stopped 14 shots as Mount Abe dropped to 2-1.
The Eagles will face the Tigers in Thursday’s first round of the MUHS tourney, while Milton will take on VUHS. 

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