County field hockey teams close, but drop a few tough contests

ADDISON COUNTY — All three area high school field hockey teams faced tough challenges late last week: Otter Valley avenged its only loss, while Middlebury lost in overtime and Mount Abraham dropped a one-goal game at home.
OV improved to 5-1 by edging visiting Woodstock, 1-0, on Friday, avenging an earlier setback to the 2-3 Wasps. Jenna Elliot scored the goal during a goal-mouth scramble midway through the second half. Coach Stacey Edmunds-Brickell said the game was a midfield battle, with each team managing six shots on goal: OV goalie Myliah McDonough stopped all six, while Woodstock’s Molly Henne made five saves.
Otter midfielders Maia Edmunds,Laura Roberts andAmy Jones played well, Edmunds-Brickell said, as did defenders Megan Hallett andMarissa Colburn.
On Thursday, the Tigers fell to rival South Burlington in overtime, 1-0, despite earning an 8-6 edge in shots on goal. Joan Vera’s goal six minutes in overtime gave SBHS (3-2) the win. Goalie Baily Ryan stopped five shots for the 3-2-1 Tigers, and Liz Sargent made eight saves for the Rebels.
On Thursday, visiting Champlain Valley edged the Eagles, 1-0, scoring midway through the first half and holding on in what was a statistically even game. CVU goalie Tashia Pashby-Rockwood and the Eagles’ Danielle Morse each stopped two shots. Mount Abe dropped to 3-3 after a 3-0 start with its third straight shutout setback.

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