Boys’ soccer: OV, VUHS, MUHS all lose

ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham edged Middlebury to highlight boys’ soccer action as the regular season concluded last week. In other games, the Eagles, Vergennes and Otter Valley all dropped contests.
VUHS also visited MUHS on Friday; see story.
The Vermont Principals’ Association will announce boys’ soccer playoff pairings on Monday.  
On Wednesday, the Eagles edged visiting MUHS, 1-0, when Charlie Meyer found the net with about 15 minutes to go. Mt. Abe goalie Nick Szczecinski backstopped the win with a pair of saves, while Wilder Perera stopped seven shots as the Tigers dropped to 2-11 heading into Friday.   
On Saturday, the Eagles lost at Rice, 3-0. Rice (13-1) clinched the top seed in Division II with its sixth straight shutout. The Eagles finished at 4-8-2 despite eight saves from Szczecinski. The defending D-II champs look to be the No. 11 seed, and could visit Green Mountain Valley (7-2-1) in the first round in a rematch of the 2013 title game.
On Wednesday, host Missisquoi (2-10-1) dealt the Commodores a 2-1 loss that probably cost VUHS a shot at a Division II home playoff game; the Commodores dropped to 4-7-2 with their sixth one-goal setback and fell seven points behind eight-place Lamoille. Dana Ambrose tied the score for VUHS in the first half, but the T-Birds notched the game-winner with 14 minutes left in regulation. VUHS goalie Dylan Raymond and MVU’s Jerad Clark each were credited with six saves.
On Saturday, host Windsor avenged a loss at OV with a 4-1 win. Josh Letourneau scored for OV, and goalie Colin Nicklaw stopped six shots. OV (2-10-2) appears to be the No. 15 seed in D-II, which would mean a first-round match with No. 2 U-32 (12-1-1).

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