Soccer: Only VUHS wins in boys’ play

ADDISON COUNTY — Only the Vergennes boys prevailed among local high school soccer teams who saw postseason action on Tuesday, when the Mount Abraham and Otter Valley boys dropped first-round Division II games on the road.
Three games involving four area teams were played on Wednesday after the deadline for this edition of the Independent. In D-II girls’ soccer, No. 2 Middlebury (9-3-2) was set to host No. 15 Springfield (3-11), while No. 3 Mount Abe (10-4) was ready to entertain No. 14 VUHS (3-11). In D-I boys’ play, No. 16 MUHS (2-11-1) hopped on the bus to meet No. 1 South Burlington (12-1). The Otter Valley girls did not qualify for the D-II postseason. Look for the results of Wednesday’s games online at addisonindependent.com.
The Commodore boys, seeded No. 9 in D-II, blanked host No. 8 Lamoille, 3-0. VUHS took a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute on a Ryan McEntee goal assisted by Dana Ambrose, and then pulled away in the second half on goals from Jake Dombek (from Adrian Petri) in the 65th minute and Tyler Kepes (from Ambrose) in the 75th minute. Commodore goalie Dylan Raymond earned the shutout with eight saves, while Marcus Holmes stopped 12 shots for the 5-8-2 Lancers.
The Commodores (5-7-3) will next face No. 1 Rice (14-1) on the road on Saturday. Rice defeated VUHS twice this season, 2-1 in Vergennes (one of the Commodores’ six one-goal losses) and 6-0 at Rice.
Host Enosburg improved to 10-5 by edging Mount Abe, 1-0, on a Colby Greenia corner kick goal in the 26th minute of the second half. The Hornets slightly outshot the 4-9-2 Eagles, but Eagle striker Cesar Daniel had two good chances. Hornet goalie Zak Nolan-Porter (10 saves) stopped him on a breakaway, and Daniel hit the crossbar another time. Eagle goalie Nick Szczecinski denied 14 shots.
No. 2 U-32 defeated No. 15 OV, 4-0, holding the Otters without a shot on goal in improving to 13-1-1. OV received 16 saves from goalie Colin Nicklaw and good defense from Connor Gallipo, including a goal-line save. The Otters finished at 2-11-2. 

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