Soccer: Tiger girls get key win, Eagle boys tie

ADDISON COUNTY — A key victory by the Middlebury girls on Monday highlighted local high school soccer action earlier this week. In other action, all on Tuesday, the Mount Abraham boys settled for a tie, Vergennes lost another one-goal game, and Middlebury dropped a game to a top Division I team.
On Monday, the Tiger girls rallied from a 2-0 first-half deficit to edge Division II title contender Mill River, 3-2. Andi Boe’s second goal of the game, a solo run that she finished low into the net with three minutes left in regulation, proved to be the game-winner.
MUHS improved to 6-0 for the first time in program history and took over first place in D-II pending their result at Rice on Wednesday. Rice is 1-4, but all those losses came in competitive matches vs. strong D-I teams. The Tigers then will face another challenge on Saturday, when they visit Mount Abe. The Eagles are 4-2, but are undefeated in D-II and have won four straight.
On Monday, MRU standout Ella Bankert scored twice from long range to give MRU the first-half lead, in the second and 29th minutes. Five minutes after Bankert’s second goal, Tiger striker Kat Townsend won a foot race with their last defender and tucked the ball home. Then with 1:35 remaining in the first half, Mill River’s goalie came too far off her line, and Boe chipped a ball in over her head from distance to make it 2-2 going into the second half.
The Minutemen dominated the first 30 minutes of the second half, and overall outshot the Tigers, 18-8. MUHS first-half goalie Molly Campbell made two saves, and Riley Fenster stopped eight shots after the break. But MUHS took charge again in the late going, and Boe beat two defenders before scoring the game-winner from just inside the MRU box.
Coach Wendy Leeds credited defender Kelsey Smith with organizing the Tigers in the back and defusing several MRU chances.
On Tuesday the Eagles played to their second straight 0-0 tie, this time with visiting Missisquoi. Goalie Nick Sczceczenski stopped seven shots for the 2-2-2 Eagles, while Andrew Hubbard made one save for the 0-4-1 T-Birds. 
Meanwhile, visiting Rice cruised past the Tigers boys, 8-0. MUHS, which had won two of its past three games, dropped to 2-6.
Host Milton nipped the VUHS boys, 2-1. VUHS dropped to 0-4-2, with each loss coming by a single goal. The 5-1-2 Yellowjackets took a 2-0 first half lead. A Liam Hayes goal brought VUHS to within one, and goalie Dylan Raymond made nine saves, four more than Milton’s Hunter Goodwin.

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