Local soccer teams defeated as regular season nears end

ADDISON COUNTY — In high school soccer action earlier this week, the Mount Abraham and Otter Valley boys and Vergennes girls all lost close contests.
The Mount Abraham and Middlebury boys also were set to face each other on Wednesday after the deadline for this edition of the Independent, while the VUHS boys were scheduled to travel to Missisquoi and the OV girls to host Burr & Burton at the same time.
Teams are in the final week of the regular season. The Vermont Principals’ Association will release boys’ and girls’ soccer playoff pairings on Monday. The MUHS and Mount Abe girls, who played on Tuesday (see story, Page 1B), will host playoff games, and the VUHS boys are also in the running for a top-eight seed.
On Monday, visiting Green Mountain Valley edged the Eagles, 1-0, in a rematch of the 2013 Division II final. The Gumbies’ David Frisk scored three seconds before halftime and goalie Alex Alden made one save as GMVS improved to 6-2-1. Goalie Nick Szczecinski had seven saves for the 3-7-2 Eagles.
On Oct. 10, visiting Green Mountain Union edged the Otter boys, 4-3, on OV’s senior day. GMU took a 3-0 halftime lead before OV rallied behind goals from seniors Ben Lones and Connor Gallipo and freshman Josh Letourneau.
On Tuesday, host Stratton topped the Otters, 2-1, despite another Letourneau score and what OV athletic director Steve Keith called a strong effort from OV goalie Colin Nicklaw. The Otters fell to 2-9-2.
On Tuesday, host Missisquoi blanked the Commodores, 2-0. The VUHS girls dropped to 3-10 heading into their final regular season game: They host the Tigers on Saturday at 2 p.m. VUHS goalie K.C. Ambrose stopped five shots, while MVU’s Jenna Bourdeau made three saves. 

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