Mt. Abe girls’ soccer drops final matchup to Rice, 2-1

SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ soccer team dropped its final game of the regular season, 2-1, at Rice on Friday, but the Eagles still apparently earned a top-four seed in Division II.
As of Sunday’s deadline for this edition of the Independent, the Vermont Principals’ Association had yet to make official tournament pairings.
Unofficially, the 10-4 Eagles apparently earned the No. 3 seed in D-II. Burke, at 6-0, sits on top of the standings, but fell short of the required eight games to participate in the tournament.
Lake Region (12-1-1), Middlebury (9-3-2), Mount Abe and Woodstock (10-4) thus appear to be the top four seeds, in that order.
If the Eagles are No. 3, they could play either Vergennes or Springfield, both of whom are 3-11 and tied in quality points. The VPA will use its tie-breaking procedures to determine which is the No. 14 seed and which is No. 15. The nod could go to the Commodores based on strength of schedule. The Eagles will host a first-round game on either Tuesday or Wednesday regardless. Mill River (10-4) is a possible second-round weekend foe.
Against D-I Rice this past Friday, Rice scored twice in the second half to take a 2-0 lead. A Morgan Pratt goal created the final score. Two Rice goalies combined for 11 saves, and Eagle goalie Zoe Cassels-Brown stopped 13 shots.

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