In boys’ soccer: VUHS edges OV, then falls in OT

ADDISON COUNTY — Vergennes got past Otter Valley to highlight local high school boys’ soccer action in the latter half of last week. In other games, OV tied, while VUHS, Mount Abraham and Middlebury all came up short.
On Wednesday, host VUHS edged OV, 1-0, on a Ben Kayhart goal with 10 minutes to go. Kayhart converted a cross from Camden Simpson to break up the defensive duel.
VUHS goalie Antonio Ruggiero worked a seven-save shutout for the Commodores as they broke into the win column, while OV keeper Colin Nicklaw was credited with 16 saves.  
Both teams saw action again on Saturday, and both played overtime.  
VUHS lost in OT at Fair Haven, 2-1. The Commodores are 1-3, with two OT losses and the third by one goal. The Slaters got the game-winner a minute into the extra session, when Austin Brannock knocked in a feed from Gus Ruby. Earlier, Garret Gonzales tied the game on a second-half penalty kick. Slater goalie Sam Eaton made 13 saves as his team improved to 2-2-1.
Simpson’s goal, assisted by Aaron Gaines, gave VUHS the first-half lead, and Ruggiero stopped 11 shots for the Commodores.
In Brandon on Saturday, West Rutland and the Otters settled for a 3-3 tie. OV’s Colton Leno scored the game’s final goal with five minutes to go in the second half. West Rutland (2-1-1) outshot the Otters, 15-9, and OV got several big saves from Nicklaw, including a diving stop to keep it a one-goal game in the second half. Thomas Kingsley scored twice in the first half for OV, on assists from Leno and Josh Letourneau.
On Thursday, host BFA-Fairfax dealt Mount Abe its first loss of the fall, 2-1, in overtime. Cyrill Eagster struck for the winner two minutes into the extra session after the Bullets tied the game on a second-half penalty kick.
Sebastian Durante scored for the 2-1 Eagles in the first half, and goalie Nick Szczecinski stopped five shots. Two goalies combined to make six saves for the Bullets.
 On Friday, host Burlington outlasted the Tigers, 3-1, scoring one goal with 13 seconds to go in the first half and two goals a minute apart in the second. The Seahorses improved to 4-0. Niels Arentzen made four saves for BHS.
Drew Barnicle scored for the 0-1-2 Tigers, and goalies Wilder Perera andSantiago Fernandes combined for nine stops.
The Tigers’ Wednesday game at Rice was postponed.

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