In girls’ soccer: Mount Abe advances, but MUHS and OV bow out

ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham picked up a road win in Friday high school girls’ soccer quarterfinal play, but at the same time the Middlebury and Otter Valley girls came up short in road quarterfinals.
The defending Division II champion Eagles, seeded fifth, scored twice in the first eight minutes in a 3-1 win at No. 4 Harwood. The victory, the 10-6 Eagles’ eighth straight, lifted them to a semifinal date at No. 1 U-32 (14-2).
That game will be played at 3 p.m. on Wednesday and will be a rematch: The Raiders won at home vs. the Eagles on Sept. 5, 1-0. The Raiders advanced to the semifinal by getting past No. 8 Hartford on Friday on penalty kicks.
The D-II final will be played at South Burlington on Saturday at a time to be announced.
This past Friday’s game was a rematch of the 2014 final. Ernesta McIntosh converted an early breakaway, and then struck the corner kick that Zoe Cassels-Brown headed home to make it 2-0 in the eighth-minute.
Abby Mansfield made it 3-0 early in the second half following another corner kick. Harwood got on the board with 11 minutes to go on a Sarah Brodeur penalty kick. Eagle goalie Kamille Snell stopped seven shots, while Nina Brundage made 11 saves for the 11-5 Highlanders.
The No. 7 Tigers saw their season come to an end with a 5-0 loss to D-I No. 2 seed Colchester, which improved to 16-0. German exchange student Greetje Scheller scored twice for the Lakers, who were coming off a win over Champlain Valley. Two Laker goalies combined for four saves, while goalie Molly Campbell stopped 11 shots for the Tigers, who followed 2014’s breakthrough season with another solid campaign and finished 9-6-1.
OV’s historic season concluded with a competitive setback: No. 1 BFA-Fairfax edged the No. 8 Otters, 1-0. The 12-2-2 Bullets controlled much of the play, but needed 70 minutes to crack the OV defense and goalie Gabby Poalino (15 saves).
The game-winning goal game when a Bullet won a race for the ball with Poalino and hit the post. The ball bounced off Poalino and Mikayla Sullivan finished the play.
Forward Olivia Drew created chances for the Otters, including one with seconds left, and Jillian Flanders played well defensively. The Otters put three shots on Fairfax goalie Bri Mossey.
The Otters finished 10-6 after failing to win a game last season. They set a program record for wins, hosted a playoff game for the first time, and won in the postseason for the first time. 

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