Girls’ soccer: No. 3 Eagle girls prevail, other local squads lose
ADDISON COUNTY — Only the Mount Abraham girls are still standing among local high school soccer teams, as the No. 3 Eagles won twice last week to advance to a Division II semifinal. The Eagles will host No. 7 Green Mountain Valley (5-2-4), which upset Middlebury on Saturday, on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Meanwhile, the MUHS girls, No. 2 in D-II, lost on penalty kicks in a quarterfinal, while the No. 14 Vergennes girls fell to the Eagles.
In boys’ play, No. 1 Rice ousted the No. 9 Commodores in D-II, and in D-I No. 1 South Burlington eliminated No. 16 MUHS.
In a Saturday quarterfinal, Ernesta McIntosh scored twice and the 12-4 Eagles blanked No. 6 Mill River, 2-0. Stacie Sabourin assisted McIntosh’s first-half strike, and goalie Zoe Cassels-Brown made three saves in the Eagles’ 10th shutout. Mount Abe outshot the 11-5 Minutemen, 15-5. MRU goalie Emma Keogh stopped five shots.
On Wednesday, the Eagle defense did not allow a shot on their two goalies, Cassels-Brown and Kamille Snell, and gradually pulled away from visiting VUHS to win, 3-0. Juniper Nardiello Smith put the Eagles on the board in the first half, and McIntosh scored twice in the second half. Nardiello Smith set up McIntosh’s first goal, and McIntosh added a penalty kick.
The Eagles forced VUHS senior goalie K.C. Ambrose to make eight saves. Anya Sonwaldt also saw time in the goal for the Commodores, who finished 3-12.
On Saturday, GMVS earned an edge in play in the first half, but the Tigers created better chances in the second half and overtime before play ended at 0-0. GMVS goalie Eva Shaw stopped an Andi Boe breakaway, the GMVS defense did well to prevent Kat Townsend andKatie Holmes from converting a Boe corner kick, and two Tigers couldn’t knock a Boe free kick into the open far corner in OT.
In the penalty kick shootout, four Gumbies, including Shaw converted, while only Boe found the net for the Tigers. Shaw made four saves plus two in the shootout, while goalie Molly Campbell made three saves for the Tigers, who finished at 10-3-3.
The Tigers on Wednesday defeated visiting No. 15 Springfield, 4-0. After a scoreless first half MUHS took control after the break with sharp ball movement and aggressive ball-winning and defense.
Holmes found the left corner from outside the box to put the Tigers on top, and Hannah Buttolph made it 2-0 by tucking home a Claire Armstrong serve from the right side. Marvie Avery’s high shot from long range made it 3-0, and Faith Isham added a blast from the right side of the box. Goalies Campbell (one save in 46 minutes) and Riley Fenster shared time. Springfield keeper Grace Morvan made 18 saves.
On Saturday, host Rice (15-1) edged VUHS, 2-1. The Commodores led with 14 minutes to go, but Rice’s Jordain Williams converted a penalty kick. Williams soon added the game-winner.
Jake Dombek gave VUHS the lead, with an assist from Dana Ambrose. VUHS goalie Dylan Raymond stopped 14 shots, with excellent saves, according to Coach Kevin Hayes. VUHS finished at 5-8-3, a record that included seven losses by one goal.
In South Burlington, the 13-1 Rebels scored three times on the way to a 6-0 win over the Tigers. Middlebury goalie Wilder Perera stopped 13 shots as the Tigers ended their season at 2-12-1.
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