Boys’ soccer: Tigers win, Eagles, Otters defeated

ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ soccer games late last week, Middlebury overcame host Vergennes, while Mount Abraham lost at home and Otter Valley dropped a road tilt.
The games concluded the regular season. The Vermont Principals’ Association was set to release playoff pairings on Monday morning.
On Friday, the Tigers topped host Vergennes, 2-0, to finish at 6-7-1 after an 0-5-1 start. MUHS got a first-half goal from Duncan McCabe and a late second-half strike from VUHS transfer Camden Simpson to ice the win. Tiger goalie Santiago Fernandez stopped four shots, with Antonio Ruggiero made nine saves for the 2-12 Commodores.
The Tigers will apparently earn the No. 12 seed in Division I and visit No. 5 Mount Anthony. The Commodores look like the No. 15 seed and will probably visit No. 2 Lake Region (14-0).
Also on Friday, D-I Rice eased past the Eagles, 4-1, to improve to 12-2. The Eagles dropped to 9-3-2 despite a goal from Jack Willis set up byDylan Weaver and a combined three saves from goalies Caleb Bonvouloir andNick Szczeciniski. Kyle Decoster made two saves for Rice.
Mount Abe appears to have earned the No. 4 seed in D-II and a visit from No. 13 Lamoille (.3-9-2)
On Thursday, host Fair Haven got a pair of Garrett Gonzales goals in defeating Otter Valley, 3-0. Austin Brannock also scored and goalie Sam Eaton stopped four shots as the Slaters earned a postseason D-II home game with a 9-4-1 record.
OV (3-8-3), which received seven saves from Colin Nicklaw, also earned a berth in the D-II playoffs, probably as either the No. 12 seed. Their probable first-round foe is No. 5 Harwood (7-1-3).

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